Texas Church Massacre Leaves at Least 26 Dead

A gunman shot and killed 26 people during a Sunday service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The unidentified man walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11:30 a.m. local time, witnesses said, according to CBS affiliate KENS 5.

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Police have not officially confirmed the number of casualties, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reports that at least 26 people have been killed and 20 injured.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said children were among the “multiple casualties and fatalities,” reports KENS 5. Tackitt also confirmed the shooter is dead after being “taken down” by police.

FBI agents and Texas Rangers arrived at the scene to assist with the investigation, according to Max Massey of San Antonio’s KSAT News.

Several medical helicopters responded to the scene to transport victims to nearby hospitals. Eight of the wounded were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center and at least 10 other victims were taken to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Texas, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

President Donald Trump said Sunday afternoon that he had been briefed on the incident and was monitoring the situation from Japan.

Sutherland Springs is located about 35 miles east of San Antonio. The First Baptist Church holds Sunday service at 11 a.m., according to its website.

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  1. Fact is we cannot consider ourselves safe anywhere. My church pastor encourages those who can legally carry concealed do so while attending services. Mine is a small church as well and we know evil can attack anywhere, any time. We must protect our children and innocent lives.
    This attack ended only when someone ran out for a rifle in his vehicle. How many could have been saved with designated, trained armed security?

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