According to Constable Thomas Silvas from Precinct 1 in Wilson County, Texas, a number of people were shot and killed while attending church on Sunday. The local police called the event a “mass shooting.”
The shooting reportedly took place at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, an area southeast of San Antonio.
Witnesses say that a man walked into the church at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday and began firing at the congregation of people who were there for the church’s morning worship service which began at 11 a.m.
So far, the reports from officials have confirmed there was a “mass shooting” situation. They have further confirmed that law enforcement and responders are focusing on removing the deceased from the church.
There are no confirmed reports specifying the number of individuals killed or injured, however; Wilson County Commissioner, Albert Gamez Jr., said on MSNBC that he had heard from officials there that up to 24 people may have died.
Gamez was able to confirm that the shooter was deceased, but gave no details as to how he was killed.
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a post on Twitter. “Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.”
The wife of church pastor Frank Pomeroy, Sherri Pomeroy, said that her husband was out of town at the time of the shooting but that her daughter was inside the Sutherland Springs, TX church.
We will continue to follow this event.