Shooting at Texas Southern Baptist Church Kills 20 Worshipers

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Police in Sutherland Springs, TX have identified the gunman in Sunday morning's mass shooting as Devin Patrick Kelley, according to CBS News.

Constable Thomas Silvas, an officer from Wilson County, told Fox News officials were working on removing the bodies, but did not specify the number of people who were dead or wounded. He entered the church at 11:30 AM local time, reports claim.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemned the incident labelling it as an "evil act". He opened fire shortly before noon while people were attending a morning service. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF have responded to the scene. She said he then ran on foot before police took him down.

One witness, Carrie Matula, told NBC News: "We heard semi-automatic gunfire ... we're only about 50 yards away from this church". The FBI also was on the scene.

Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter "and many friends" in the Sunday shooting.

"About half of our church members are gone", she said.

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Thirty-four-year-old Nick Uhlig says he didn't go to the Sutherland Springs church Sunday because he was out late Saturday.

It comes just over a month after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people by opening fire on a concert in Las Vegas from his hotel room. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now. More details from DPS soon'. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan".

President Trump tweeted from his trip to Asia: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas".

TV news anchors discussed the fact that the church, located about 40 minutes southeast of San Antonio, posts its services to YouTube, and thus there may be a recording of the shooting that investigators will be able to study.

Rescue helicopters have been called to the scene to rush victims to hospital.

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