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Gunman opens fire at Texas church, killing at least 25

06 November 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted: "Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our courageous first responders on the scene".

Authorities have not confirmed the number of fatalities, but a Wilson County commissioner, Albert Gamez, said he was told by emergency officials that more than 20 people were slain and more than 20 others were wounded. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle but was killed about 12 miles away in neighbouring Guadalupe County, according to local media and Sergeant Robert Murphy, a spokesman for the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office said.

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During its Sunday morning worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas became America's latest mass shooting. Sunday's incident comes just five weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in recent United States history shook Las Vegas, with 58 people killed. Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey said the hospital in nearby Floresville had received fewer than a dozen patients. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response", Texas governor Greg Abbott said in a statement. It is not known whether police shot the gunman or if he killed himself. "My youngest daughter, Annabelle, was", Pomeroy told ABC News. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene.

May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump said in a tweet. The pastor said he was not at the church at the time of the incident.

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First responders converged on the church in the small town southeast of San Antonio and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting in the aftermath of the shooting, according to the Associated Press.

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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.

Gunman opens fire at Texas church, killing at least 25