Several Killed as Gunman Opens Fire in Texas Church

Randolph Lopez
November 6, 2017

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

There were "multiple fatalities and multiple wounded", according to Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr, NBC News reported.

Police shot and killed a man, identified by law enforcement as Devin Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, Sunday in Sutherland Springs after he allegedly opened fire on a community church. Eyewitnesses on social media said the incident took place at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Sutherland Springs is a small rural community about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. Weekly YouTube videos of the church's Sunday service don't show many more people than that in attendance. Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey said the hospital in nearby Floresville had received fewer than a dozen patients.

The FBI and Texas Rangers are reportedly on the scene. It is unclear whether police shot the assailant or the gunman killed himself.

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The pastor of the church and his wife were out of town during the shooting, but she told the Associated Press their daughter was one of the people who died.

He tweeted: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas". Among those killed at the white clapboard church was a 14-year-old girl named Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at the church. Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning - a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump said in a tweet.

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

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

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