Police are saying at least 16 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning mass.
The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service.
Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are ‘multiple casualties and fatalities’.
Witnesses said a man ‘in full gear’ walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.
Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.
The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.
First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.
Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.
Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.
According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.
Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.
Special agents from ATF’s Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.
Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S
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