Deaths Reported in a Mass Shooting at a Texas Church

Image A Google Earth satellite view of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told The Wilson County News that the shooter has been killed.

The shooter reportedly walked into the church shortly before noon - at a morning service that witnesses said was normally attended by some 50 people - and opened fire.

"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act", Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter. Weekly YouTube videos of the church's Sunday service don't show many more people than that in attendance.

Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Texas, told The New York Times she did not know exactly how many patients the hospital had received, but more were continuing to arrive. The official toll has not yet been verified by law enforcement or local officials. She said he then ran on foot before police took him down.

"I changed my mind to go to church today, and so did my daughter, otherwise we'd be there", the woman told CBS News affiliate KENS. The FBI also was on the scene.

"About half of our church members are gone", she said. He said he is on his way to Sutherland Springs to meet with families, local, state and federal officials.

He also said, "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs". "More details from DPS soon", Abbott tweeted. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.

Trump is in Japan as part of a 12-day, five-country Asian trip.

At least six people were transported to a hospital in San Antonio.

Police, ambulances and helicopters swarmed to the small church 35 miles east of San Antonio.

A sheriff's department dispatcher says everyone is at the scene and unavailable to comment.

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