At least 26 people were killed and 20 others injured when a gunman stormed a church in rural Texas with a rifle this morning, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Victims' ages range from five to 72, authorities said.
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The alleged shooter, a 26-year-old man, is also dead following the massacre in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, bringing the total number of fatalities to 27, authorities said.
Officials give their first briefing on the mass shooting at a Texas church that left 27 people dead. It's the deadliest mass killing at a house of worship in modern U.S. history
The shooter allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle and was later found dead in the vehicle in Guadalupe County, according to the sheriff and the Department of Public Safety. It's not yet clear if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by another person, officials said at a press conference this afternoon at Stockdale City Hall, near the church.
Viewers reacted to Texas shooting update:
Bob Puharic The US has HALF….HALF of all guns on the planet. We have THREE TIMES the per capita gun ownership of any other country. The gun cult says this is freedom…but if this is freedom what is slavery? We are SLAVES of the gun cult!
Roger A. Brennan Well. Look at that a local resident engaged with his own firearm and the assailant fled. How many more would have died if he was not fired apon? My guess is everyone in that church.
Anna Cherwak I want to say “good job” for the local folks that tried to stop him. It could’ve been a lot worse. I will be praying for everyone…..everyone.
Christopher Salazar All the prayers from Costa Rica! No innocent people should pay the price of the decisions of a few!
Ronnie Williams · I bet like I already see, some White Americans will look for excuses for this White American mass killer!! Mental health, and I heard they are searching if this White American 22 year old demon is ex-military.
Trisha Teeluck My condolences to all that has to face such tragedy. But I must say hats of to the person who pulled out their gun and stopped the tragedy while happening.
Patty Brown I don't like it when they say it's the worst shooting in history because I believe in my mind some other idiot may try to top that one we live in a crazy world
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