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At least 28 people are dead after a man walked into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Wilson County Sunday morning and opened fire, a federal law enforcement official said.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told The Wilson County News that the shooter has been killed and it wasn’t clear whether the shooter was being counted as one of the 28.
Eight of the wounded were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center and and seven others to area hospitals, a local official said.
His mother was in another hospital. He declined to talk but expressed faith that they would pull through with God’s help.
Amanda Mosel’s 13-year-old goddaughter was gunned down in the shooting. With tears in her eyes, the 34-year-old stood outside the Sutherland Springs Community Building where citizens gathered following the shooting.
“From what I’ve heard, someone just walked in and started shooting,” she said.
Mosel said she “sadly” didn’t attend church this morning, but the church is one she’s attended.
“There’s maybe 50 of us,” she said. “It’s a small, tight-knit church.”
Wilson County Commissioner Larry Wiley told mySA.com the shooter was a man. Wiley did not know if he was a member of the church. He also said that 24-27 people are dead.
“I am hearing 24-27 are, in fact, dead and I have not heard from anyone the exact number of injured,” he said.
At least 10 victims were transported to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, said spokeswoman Megan Posey. She could not speak to their age or gender, but said there are multiple victims with gunshot wounds, and some have had to be taken by helicopter to a different treatment center.
The Associated Press reports first responders converged on the church in the small town and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.
Lawmakers spoke out on the shooting on social media.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said: “Terrible news coming out of Sutherland Springs, TX. I’m monitoring developments and am praying for the shooting victims.”
President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to express condolences for victims.
“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan,” he said.
The church is southeast of San Antonio between La Vernia, Floresville and Stockdale off Texas 87 at 216 4th Street.
Sutherland Springs about 21 miles east of Downtown San Antonio and according to the latest data has a population of about 643.
More on this breaking story when information becomes available.
Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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