Texas Church Shooting – 27 Dead, 30 Injured

 In Breaking News, Domestic

A gunman walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning and opened fire, killing 27 people, injuring 30 others. He then fled the scene. The suspect is dead.

Numerous people at a gas station across the street heard the shots and began calling 9-11. Wilson County Deputies pursued the suspect for approx five miles into Guadalupe County, where they cornered him. The suspect was killed after a brief foot chase. It is unclear whether police shot him or he killed himself.

The FBI, Texas Rangers, ATF and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department are investigating this tragedy. Witnesses said they heard the shooter reload several times. Some said that the suspect was wearing “tactical gear,” which is unconfirmed. Police said that the man drove to the church from Comal County prior to the shooting, but did not release his name.

screenshot of suspect vehicle via European Universal news

The 14 year old daughter of Pastor Frank Pomeroy was killed in the gunfire. Slightly over 50 people generally attend the services at the small church, according to local reports, which means that most of the congregation were killed or injured.

Some of the survivors were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, others to University Hospital in San Antonio, and  Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, about 15 miles from the church. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Sutherland Springs has a population of only about 400 residents. Everyone knows everyone, and will have a difficult time with this horrific crime.

 

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