According to media reports in the United States, a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas in what police are calling a “mass shooting”. At least 26 people have been reportedly killed, and 16 have been injured, including a two-year-old boy. According to police, the shooter has been eliminated.

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According to US media reports, a “mass shooting” took place at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas today (Sunday). According to an official estimate, 26 people have been killed and at least 16 are reportedly injured. Many rescue forces were called to the scene, including two helicopters. 

According to eyewitnesses, a man appears to have entered the church at around 11:30 AM and began shooting in every direction. Police officers who arrived at the scene reported that the shooter has been eliminated and no longer poses a threat.

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott posted on Twitter: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon.”

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

At least 50 people took part in church services this morning, that begin daily, at 11:00 am. Neighbors reported that they heard the shooter reloading his weapon several times before he himself was killed.

US President Donald Trump, who is currently on an official tour of Asia, responded to the mass shooting via Twitter: “May God be [with] the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”