Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Texas church shooting: Trump responds, monitoring situation from Japan

Darren Abate  AP Darren Abate AP
Lance Thomas | 06 November, 2017, 00:24

A shooter opened fire at a church in Texas Sunday morning, leaving at least 15 people shot and multiple dead. reportedly including the gunman.

Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Neither the suspect's identity nor any possible motive were disclosed by authorities.

Sunday's incident would mark the fifth deadliest mass shooting in the last 50 years in the United States. The gunman has been killed, he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, now in Japan, tweeted to say that the FBI was investigating the shooting.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas", Trump wrote. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response". It is unclear whether police shot the assailant or the gunman killed himself.

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

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered his condolences.

Pastor Paul Buford, pastor of nearby River Oaks Church, told ABC affiliate KSAT of the frantic calls members of his church received as they were in their own service. In one of the clips, a few dozen people, including young children, can be seen sitting in the wooden pews.

The church is a white, wood-framed building with a double-door at the entrance and a Texas flag on a pole at the front area, according to its website, which was down shortly after the shooting.

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