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Sunday, November 5, 2017
At Least 27 Dead in MASSACRE at Texas Church
Police: 20-27 people killed in Texas church shooting
Nearly half of Texas church's congregation killed by gunman.
If the number of people dead is confirmed, Sunday's shooting would be the deadlist at a church in modern U.S. history.
"It is horrible," Wiley said of the massacre, the motive of which is unknown. "It appears someone walked in and started shooting."
The church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, said his 14-year-old daughter was killing in the shooting, according to ABC News.
"We have accepted a multiple number of patients from the shooting," Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, 15 miles from church, told Fox News. She said she did not have a specific number. She said doctors were assessing the patients.
Some victims were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, KSAT reported.
Helicopters and emergency personnel were seen arriving at the scene. The FBI is also on scene.
The gunman, according to Wiley, was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies.
"This is horrific for our tiny little tight-knit town," Alena Berlanga, who lives 10 minutes outside of Sutherland Springs told The Associated Press. "Everybody's going to be affected and everybody knows someone who's affected."
Law enforcement officials stand next to a covered body at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
President Trump, who's currently traveling in Asia, tweeted: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that "While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act."
"I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss," the statement read.
Sutherland Springs has a population of about 400 residents.
Sunday's shooting comes just over a month after 58 people were killed and hundreds injured on Oct. 1 after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Fox News' Robert Gearty and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.