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Mass shooting reported at church in Sutherland, Texas

06 November 2017, 01:58 | Kara Nash

Several People Killed After Gunman Opens Fire At Texas Church: Report

Texas Church Mass Shooting At Least 15 Shot, Multiple Deaths Gunman Reportedly Dead

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told the Wilson County News that the gunman was then "taken down" after fleeing the scene of the massacre in Sutherland Springs. The shooter is dead, and there is no longer an active threat at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, authorities said.

During its Sunday morning worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas became America's latest mass shooting. The 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor was also killed in the attack, according to Fox News.

Federal law enforcement swarmed the scene to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI's evidence collection team.

Joseph Silva, 49, who lives about seven kilometres northeast of Sutherland Springs, said the police had instructed his family and neighbors to stay indoors.

One witness, Carrie Matula, told NBC News: "We heard semi-automatic gunfire ... we're only about 50 yards away from this church". The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene.

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Mr Silva said he had been approached by a woman who said she had two loved ones at the church who were shot.

The official said between 10 to 15 people were also injured but stressed the figures could change. Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning - a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church.

US President Donald Trump, who is in Japan on a 12-day tour of Asia, tweeted his thoughts and prayers to the people of Sutherland Springs. "More details from DPS soon", he wrote on Twitter.

Contacted by Al Jazeera, the Wilson County sheriff was not immediately available for comment.

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



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