More Than 20 People Reported Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Small-town Church In Texas

Multiple people were shot Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a small-town church near San Antonio, Texas.

Law enforcement officials are still processing the scene of the shooting, but county commissioners have been told that more than 20 people were killed at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, County Commissioner Ernest “Skip” Hajek said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt is reporting that the shooter has been “taken down,” the local Wilson County News reported.
“The details of this horrific act are still under investigation,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss.”

Sutherland Springs is about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

“It’s a really sad deal, man. I can’t describe it,” Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told CBS News, in a phone call from outside the church.

He said the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were already on the scene assisting investigators. “We’ve got them all here.”

Families gathered outside the church and held hands as they cried and waited for news about the injured and the dead.
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May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” tweeted President Trump, who was in Asia this weekend. “The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) called the reports of the shooting “devastating.”
“The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now,” he said in a tweet.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.