Gunman wounds several during Sunday church service in Texas

06 November, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Shooting at Texas Southern Baptist Church Kills 20 Worshipers

In a phone interview on Sunday afternoon, he described Sutherland Springs as "a one-blinking-light town".

A local sheriff, Joe Tackitt, earlier stated that an undetermined number of people had been killed, and that many had been taken to the hospital.

A neighbour said the shooting happened just before noon local time at a time when there were about 50 people at the service.

Sutherland Springs is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. Weekly YouTube videos of the church's Sunday service don't show many more people than that in attendance. Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ there are multiple deaths.

It is unclear whether the gunman was killed by officers or if his wounds were self-inflicted, Gamez said.

The FBI has arrived to secure the scene.

Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter "and many friends" in the Sunday shooting.

President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan that he is monitoring the situation.

The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman's motive.

"We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store", said the woman, who said she is 49 but declined to give her name. Abbott's communications director tweeted that the governor is headed to Sutherland Springs for a briefing and media availability.

The incident took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small community of about 400 people located about 48km south east of San Antonio.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.



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