Pastor's 14-year-old daughter among those slain in church shooting

06 November, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • More Than 20 People Killed, Wounded After Gunman Opens Fire at Church in Texas

According to the church's website, there was a worship service Sunday morning that began at 11 a.m.

The number of fatalities or injuries hasn't been confirmed by authorities, but a Wilson County commissioner, Albert Gamez, has told cable news outlets that he was told it was more than 20 killed and 20 wounded, though those figures aren't confirmed.

No name has been released and no motive identified for the gunman who was either killed or killed himself following a police chase.

The First Baptist Church posts its services to YouTube, and its last sermon before today's shooting, from October 29, shows how small the congregation is. Sunday's incident comes just five weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history shook Las Vegas, with 58 people killed.

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Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Tex., said that she did not know exactly how many patients the hospital had received, but that it was continuing to receive more. "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene", he said on Twitter. It was unclear whether the shooter died from a police bullet or at his own hand, as per media reports.

Pomeroy told ABC News his daughter was "one very attractive, special child". The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. Sherri Pomeroy, the wife of First Baptist Pastor Frank Pomeroy, told the Associated Press in a text message that their 14-year-old daughter was one of the victims.

He didn't want to say what he'd heard about the horror of what occurred in the church until all family members had been notified. Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning - a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church.

Between 10 to 15 people were also injured, according to the official who stressed that the figures could change.

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US President Donald Trump, who is in Japan on a 12-day tour of Asia, tweeted his thoughts and prayers to the people of Sutherland Springs.

Emergency personnel quickly rushed to the scene, with some victims evacuated by helicopter.

There is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which 48 kilometres southeast of San Antonio.

A KSAT-TV reporter, in a live report on Facebook Live, said a man in full gear came into the church and unloaded several rounds, and then took off in a vehicle.

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