Multiple people were killed, with others injured, during a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas this Sunday morning, according to police.
The shooter is dead; the exact number of victims is unknown at this time
The actual shooter was also killed finishing a brief chase into a neighboring county, although it is currently unclear if the shooter’s life was taken by police or was an act of suicide.
At this time, while it is known that many people have been killed and injured in the shooting, although the exact number of casualties is currently unknown; that said, it is known that victims are being treated at the nearby Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville. According to an eyewitness, 20 shots could be heard starting at around 11:30 AM, taking place during a church service.
The FBI is also getting involved by responding to the scene of the shooting, according to the FBI’s San Antonio field office spokesperson, Michelle Lee, with local police also responding to the scene.
What people are saying over the shooting…
President Donald Trump, who is currently in Japan during his first trip to Asia, released his condolences to the victims on social media.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also offered his prayers on social media.
Update: The identity of the shooter has been confirmed as Devin Patrick Kelley. While reports still debate the number of the victims, at least 26 lives were taken, according to CNN.
According to Fox News, the youngest victim was later said to be 18-months-old, said during a news conference on Monday. Earlier accounts had claimed the youngest victim was 5 years old.
According to BuzzFeed, Chris Singleton, whose mother was a victim of the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, which claimed the lives of nine people, wrote a post on gun violence on social media in response to the shooting.
He later expanded on this in a post on Twitter.
If this doesn't upset you about our laws on gun control then nothing will. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!! https://t.co/A6g3QmO37f
— Chris Singleton (@csingleton__2) November 5, 2017