Two-year-old toddler among at least 27 dead — TEXAS HORROR

Two-year-old toddler among at least 27 dead — TEXAS HORROR

Neither the pastor nor his wife were at the church at the time of the shooting.

The officials - one a USA official and the other in law enforcement - spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, which they were briefed on. He says the cousin who was killed had three children and was pregnant with a fourth. An unknown number of others have been injured.

First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy's 14-year-old daughter was among those who were killed on Sunday. The town is located in the southern part of the state, about 35 to 40 miles from San Antonio.

Police and paramedics responded to First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX around late morning Sunday on word of an active shooter at the premises.

The gunman's motive is unknown, and authorities have not said whether Sunday's incident was terror related. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF have responded to the scene.

Associated Press writer Sadie Gurman in Washington contributed to this report.

Witnesses said that the morning church service is usually attended by some 50 people.

Law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as Devin Kelley, 26, according to NBC News.




He said more details would be released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shortly.

"There is a gas station and a post office", he said. "The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now", Ryan wrote on Twitter. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump tweeted.

A spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville told Fox News that "we have accepted a number of patients from the shooting".

Facebook users have been posting prayers to the small church's page.

Texas county commissioner tells @NBCNews "there are a lot of fatalities" at church shooting, estimating 24 dead. Abbott's communications director tweeted that the governor is headed to Sutherland Springs for a briefing and media availability.

Other reports indicate more than a dozen people were shot, but there has been no report on any deaths.

Rescue helicopters have been called to the scene to rush victims to hospital.

Contacted by Al Jazeera, the Wilson County sheriff was not immediately available for comment.

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