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Multiple people are reported dead following a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. confirmed a single shooter walked into the church and opened fire Sunday. The identity of the shooter has not yet been provided, although police say the the man that committed the act (who was dressed “in full gear,” according to a witness who spoke with the Daily Beast) is now dead. No motive for the shooting has been given at this time.
“The details are kind of sketchy, but what I know right now, what they’re telling me, like 27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured,” Gamez Jr. told CBS News.
Carrie Matula works only 150 yards away from the First Baptist Church and she told MSNBC she heard “semiautomatic gunfire” before investigating what the sound was.
“It’s a small Baptist church. It’s an older building. I don’t know that they would have security cameras or anything high tech like that. And I know they didn’t have security in the parking lot,” she said. “I never thought it would happen here. This is something that happens in a big city. I would never have thought this would have taken place here. It’s just too tight a community. It doesn’t make sense.”