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Multiple Casualties Reported Following Texas Church Shooting

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UPDATE: As of 7:15 p.m. on November 5, 2017, it has been reported that at least 26 victims have died and at least 20 were injured as a result of the shooting.

Sutherland Springs, Texas: According to local authorities, a lone gunman who opened fire at a local church today is now dead after having left behind a number of wounded and multiple people reported killed. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. has noted to NBC News that the shooter operated alone.

In details released by KSAT and reported by Thehill.com, Sutherland Police have identified that more than one dozen people were shot resulting in several fatalities. Witnesses have since reported seeing the man enter the First Baptist Church and begin shooting at approximately 11:30 a.m. Central Time.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter shortly afterward saying, “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.” According to NBC, Sherri Pomeroy, wife of church pastor Frank Pomeroy, explained that her husband is presently out of town, however, at the time of the reported shooting, their daughter was inside the church.

Multiple Casualties Reported Following Texas Church Shooting
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County Sheriff Joe Tackitt was identified by The Wilson County News to have explained that the shooter has since been “taken down,” however it is not yet known exactly how many people have been shot or who the man was that was responsible for carrying out this attack. First responders have converged on the church in this small Texas town located just southeast of San Antonio, and helicopters rushed victims to hospitals for necessary care. Sutherland’s population consists of approximately 400, and at present reports from the press indicate the number of victims can range anywhere between a dozen to upwards of two dozen. This story will be updated as further details are released.

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