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Texas church shooting: Facts minus speculation

A witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack. Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times Texas church shooting: Facts minus speculation
Wilma Wheeler | 06 November, 2017, 01:10

At least 25 people are dead after a shooting at a Texas church on Sunday, US media reported.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt said there have been multiple fatalities from Sunday's incident, including the gunman. It's unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life.

United States media report children were among the victims. It wasn't immediately known how many people were killed and wounded or who carried out the attack. Paddock subsequently killed himself.

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400, those agencies said.

The shooter is believed to have been killed in the massacre.

Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported the gunman entered the church at around 11:30 local time (6.30am NZDT).

He didn't want to say what he'd heard about the horror of what occurred in the church until all family members had been notified.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas", Trump wrote. Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ there are multiple deaths.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also offered his thoughts and prayers, adding that "my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed". Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey said the hospital in nearby Floresville had received fewer than a dozen patients. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump tweeted. Abbott tweeted: "Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act".

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