At least 20 people were killed and many more were wounded when a gunman walked into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and began shooting at parishioners.
CNN reports that the shooter opened fire in the middle of a service at First Baptist Church at about 11:30 a.m., he soon fled the scene but is now dead after a police chase. It’s unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life.
The number of people killed and injured has not been confirmed by authorities, but children are believed to be among the victims.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting from Japan, where he is in the middle of a 12-day, five-country Asian trip, writing, “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.”
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the shooting in the church in a small town 30 miles southeast of San Antonio an “evil act.”
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