Gunman opens fire at Texas church, killing at least 20

Reports: Gunman wounds several during Sunday church service in Texas

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told AFP there were multiple fatalities and multiple people wounded, but he could not officially confirm the number. Eyewitnesses on social media said the incident took place at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Witnesses described a shooter opening fire during the church service followed by a brief vehicle chase by police. "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene".

Devin Keen, another local officer, said "there were kids involved" in the shooting, including a two-year-old.

The FBI has arrived to secure the scene. His wife, Sherri Pomeroy, told NBC News that her husband was out of town but their daughter had attended the regular Sunday morning service at the church. "It's a little church in a very small community".

President Donald Trump said he was monitoring the situation while in Japan on a 12-day Asian trip.

The First Baptist Church is a fixture in Sutherland Springs, an area home to fewer than 900 residents, according the 2010 Census. It's unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life.

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"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act". The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.

CT will update this post as more details become available.

Other reports indicate more than a dozen people were shot, but there has been no report on any deaths.

Television stations KSAT and KENS report that there are multiple victims and that there is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.

Rescue helicopters have been called to the scene to rush victims to hospital.

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