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A gunman shot dead at least 26 worshippers during Sunday morning services at a Baptist church in Texas, news media reported.



The gunman was killed after a short chase, CNN reported, quoting a sheriff’s office spokesman in Guadalupe County. It was unclear whether the shooter died from a police bullet or at his own hand.

The worshippers were killed at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small rural community about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio, reports said.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told AFP there were multiple fatalities and multiple people wounded, but he could not officially confirm the number.



With details rapidly unfolding, some unnamed officials were quoted in media reports citing tolls as high as 27 dead and 20 or more wounded.

The shooter reportedly walked into the church shortly before noon — at a morning service that witnesses said was normally attended by some 50 people — and opened fire. A two-year-old was among the wounded, the Dallas Morning News website reported.

A spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville told Fox News that “we have accepted a number of patients from the shooting.” She gave no number.

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A witness working at a gas station across the street said he heard at least 20 shots being fired in quick succession, CNN reported. Others nearby said the shooter appeared to have reloaded more than once.

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene, and some victims were evacuated by helicopter. Police formed a perimeter around the area, and tearful relatives and neighbors stood outside it, nervously awaiting news from inside the traditional, white-frame church.

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400, those agencies said.

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. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered his condolences.

“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response,” he tweeted, promising more details “soon.”

The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas, firing down from a hotel room, killed 58 people and wounded hundreds attending an outdoor concert.

And it came just over two years after a white supremacist, Dylann Roof, entered a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot nine people to death.

AFP

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  1. All these are acts of terrorism. But why do terrorists always attack the church. I think Christians should practice true Christianity. Protection and self-defense is an integral part of Christianity. When Judas brought the enemies to capture Christ, Peter resisted them by chopping of the ear of one of them with a sharp blade. When lot and his family were captured and about being taken into slavery, our father Abraham pursued after them kill the captors, retrieved his people,their belongings and those of the enemies. The church and Christians should always protect itself from physical aggressors while God protects us from spiritual aggressors.

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    1. No sir. Our Lord Jesus Christ never taught us "protection and self defense". You should read your bible further. After Peter cut off the ear of the enemy, Jesus fixed the ear back. In another place, Jesus taught and said quoting the law of Moses " an eye for an eye ". Which means vengeance or attacking those who attack you. He said they should not do this again. He gave new teachings. He (Jesus) says love your enemies and pray for those who hate you. This is what Jesus taught us! You need to know that as painful as it is that we Christians are attacked,persecuted and killed we are not to seek revenge. This is the way of our Lord Jesus. At best,we wait for the government to carry out their constitutional responsibilities in providing security. Also, concerning Abraham you quoted above, please try and understand that He (Jesus) that was there before Abraham (for by him were all things created), He is greater than Abraham, has put an end to the old and given us this new teachings. We Christians should always live by this new life in Christ Jesus and not in any other. David.

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