Gunman opens fire at Texas church

Image A Google Earth satellite view of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas

A man opened fire inside of a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing multiple people and wounding others before being "taken down", authorities said.

Among those killed was the 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, who was out of town with his wife when the rampage took place.

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 is a community of about 400 people 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Authorities did not immediately identify a motive for the attack.

Paul Buford, pastor of nearby River Oaks Church, said his service was underway when first responders in his congregation were called to the scene.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and that "the details of this horrific act are still under investigation". Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning - a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas", President Donald Trump tweeted. "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene", he said on Twitter.

The official said the gunman fled in a vehicle after the attack and was killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump tweeted. "It's a small, tight-knit church". The official toll has not yet been verified by law enforcement or local officials.

One hospital about 10 miles from the shooting says "multiple" victims with gunshot wounds are being treated there, according to the Associated Press. She declined to give a specific number but said it was less than a dozen.

The University Health System in San Antonio shared on Facebook that its trauma team is caring for nine patients related to the shooting - four children and five adults.

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

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