More than 20 killed in Texas church attack, official says

More than 20 killed in Texas church attack, official says

Authorities have yet to confirm the official death toll in the Sunday afternoon attack, but say the attacker is dead.


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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A man opened fire inside of a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people and wounding at least 10 others before being killed or killing himself, authorities said.

The exact number of victims in the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs wasn’t immediately known. But a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that more than 20 people were killed and between 10 and 15 others were wounded, though the official stressed that the investigation was in its early stages and the figures could change.

The official said the gunman fled in a vehicle after the attack and was killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.

Federal law enforcement swarmed the small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio after the attack to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI’s evidence collection team.

The wounded were taken to hospitals. Video on KSAT television showed first responders taking a stretcher from the church to a waiting AirLife helicopter. Some victims were taken by medical helicopter to the Brooke Army Medical Center, the station said.

Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center, which is in Floresville and about 10 miles from the church, said “multiple” victims were being treated for gunshot wounds. She declined to give a specific number but said it was less than a dozen.

The church is a white, wood-framed building with a double-door at the entrance and a Texas flag on a pole at the front area, according to its website, which was down shortly after the shooting. The website says the church schedule was for a fellowship breakfast on Sunday mornings, followed by Sunday School. A morning worship service was scheduled for 11 a.m. The first news reports of the shooting were between noon and 12:30 p.m.

A woman who lives about 10 minutes away from Sutherland Springs in Floresville and was monitoring the chaos on a police scanner and in Facebook community groups, said that everyone knows everyone in the sparsely populated county.

“This is horrific for our tiny little tight-knit town,” said Alena Berlanga. “Everybody’s going to be affected and everybody knows someone who’s affected,” she said.

President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan, where is his on an Asian trip, that he was monitoring the situation following the shooting. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an “evil act,” and promised “more details” from the state’s Department of Public Safety soon.

Sutherland Springs is 30 miles (48 kilometres) southeast of San Antonio.

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More than 20 killed in Texas church attack, official says

  1. 27 dead, 2 dozen injured.

    Massacre-a-day count so far.

  2. Ho-hum .. move along folks… nothing to see here … just another average day in America.

  3. I am very sorry for the community & families this tragedy took place in … but very preventable. Is it time to talk about gun control yet?

    • Much too soon … unless of course the perpetrator is a terrorist…

      • The perp IS a terrorist…..a christian one.

        • Ooppps. Jumped the gun on that one Emily. Your perp left his religious beliefs behind and became a militant atheists. Reports are he was very active on atheists blogs. Atheists are trying to distance themselves from this perp.

  4. Here we go again. The same old comments and arguments after
    each mass killing in the USA. Nothing changes.

  5. He chose a gun. The last guy chose a Home Depot rental. Both could have been stopped by trained and armed fast acting citizens.

    Just like drunk drivers lose their right to drive, he had lost his right to own a gun.

    We can’t stop committed people from obtaining the means to do crime.

    We can only empower all citizens to be more vigilant effective and capable to identify and prevent these tragedies.

  6. Would assume the rate of mental illness is more or less the same
    in the USA compared to other countries in the world. But, there are
    350 million firearms in the USA.
    Trump and pro-gun advocates always say these mass killings are
    ONLY a result of mental health problems.
    Without at least publicly accepting firearms are part of the problem,
    nothing will change in the USA.
    Everyone getting frustrated and saddened by the repeated stories
    of these mass shootings.

    • The last guy used a Home Depot rental truck.

      Cmon, let me hear you say rental trucks are part of the problem.

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