At least 20 dead in Texas church shooting, says local media
Washington: A shooting at a Baptist church in the US state of Texas on Sunday resulted in the death of at least 20 people, news media reported. The shooter was reported killed.
The shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small community about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south-east of San Antonio, reports said.
They said the shooter walked into the church shortly before noon—at a morning service that witnesses said was normally attended by some 50 people—and opened fire. A two-year-old was among the wounded, the Dallas Morning News website reported.
There were “multiple fatalities and multiple wounded,” according to Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr., NBC News reported.
A spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville told Fox News that “we have accepted a number of patients from the shooting.” She gave no number.
Helicopters and emergency personnel were arriving at the scene, and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to the scene, the bureau said.
The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas, firing down from a hotel room, killed 58 people and wounded hundreds attending an outdoor concert.
And it came just over two years after a white supremacist, Dylann Roof, entered a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot nine people to death.