At least 25 dead in Texas church shooting: USA media

At least 25 dead in Texas church shooting: USA media

At least 27 people have been killed, and dozens of others wounded, on Sunday by a gunman at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a law enforcement official confirmed with ABC News. Among those killed at the white clapboard church was a 14-year-old girl named Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at the church.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said authorities were still confirming the identity of the shooter at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

Sutherland Springs has a population of about 600 people and is located 34 miles east of San Antonio.

"It's just a small church, that's the other part of it that's so sad", Dana Fletcher, a local business owner, told CNN on Sunday afternoon.

The First Baptist Church is a fixture in Sutherland Springs, an area home to fewer than 900 residents, according the 2010 Census.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemned the incident labelling it as an "evil act".

Shooter walked into the church shortly before noon and opened fire.

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The gunman escaped in a vehicle, another official said, and was killed either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police who pursued him into a neighbouring county. "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene", he said on Twitter. We will provide more details as they become available.

President Donald Trump said he was monitoring the situation while in Japan on a 12-day Asian trip.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said agents from its San Antonio office were responding to the shooting.

Abbot is en route to Sutherland Springs to speak with law enforcement and the victims. She gave no number. Some victims were taken by medical helicopter to the Brooke Army Medical Centre, said KSAT TV station.

The U.S. official says Kelly lived in a suburb of San Antonio and that he doesn't appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups.

Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our courageous first responders on the scene.

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