Texas church shooting: At least 27 killed - Trump monitoring situation from Japan
A gunman has opened fire at a church in Texas killing at least 27 people.
Another 20 are thought to have been injured.
The attack happened at the the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County, in the south of the state.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said the man walked into the church and opened fire on the congregation. The gunman was later "taken down" and killed, he said.
Emergency services rushed to the church and local media showed helicopters airlifting victims to nearby hospitals.
As well as local police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and US Marshalls are all said to be at the scene.
The police commissioner confirmed that at least 27 people had died.
President Donald Trump, who is on a visit to Japan tweeted: "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."
Texas governor Greg Abbott said: "Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response."
Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles south east of San Antonio.
More to follow.
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
Neighbors say they heard shooter may have reloaded multiple times, around 50 people usually at service pic.twitter.com/tkAYMp2Y8A— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
Karen & I send prayers to victims & their families in TX.We grieve w/ you & stand w/ resolve against evil. Thank you to the first responders— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) November 5, 2017
People are gathering at the Community Building learning what they can about their family and friends. Heartbreaking news and tears. pic.twitter.com/Rj55JKtTmG— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
FBI just arrived on the scene. The scene is getting pushed back. pic.twitter.com/vyIyNPZHou— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
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