More than 20 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities told media. The shooter has been killed by police.
Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told the media that at least 27 people have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to rise.
He added that at least 20 more have been wounded in the attack.
Witnesses reported seeing the man walk into the Baptist Church in the town 30 miles from San Antonio at 11:30am local time Sunday, according to KSAT-12.
Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed to Wilson County News that there have been “multiple fatalities” and the shooter has been “taken down.”
An eyewitness told CBS News that there was a heavy police presence on the road to the church, adding that they had seen people being airlifted from the area.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted to Twitter shortly after the incident, saying: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon.”
President Donald Trump has confirmed he is aware of the situation and said he was monitoring it from Japan.