Several Killed as Gunman Opens Fire in Texas Church

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

During its Sunday morning worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas became America's latest mass shooting.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told the local paper there have been "multiple casualties and fatalities" and the shooter has been "taken down".

The gunman, who was described as wearing combat gear, was shot dead by police.

Local media report a two-year-old is among the shooting victims.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act".

An estimated 20 people were killed and 20 others were wounded in the attack, Wilson County commissioner Albert Gamez told cable news outlets. Paddock subsequently killed himself.

About 860 people lived in the Sutherland Springs area as of 2010, according to the U.S. Census.

The shooter is believed to have been killed in the massacre.

Local and state law enforcement were responding to the scene. More details from DPS soon.

The scene of the shooting.

Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center, which is in Floresville and about 15km from the church, said "multiple" victims were being treated for gunshot wounds.

President Donald Trump, who is in Japan on the first stop of a tour of Asian countries, tweeted: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas".

Carrie Matula, who works at a nearby gas station near, told MSNBC she heard what sounded like semiautomatic gunfire coming from the modest, white clapboard church with a red door. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.

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