Texas church shooting: Woman avoids massacre after deciding not to attend church

Texas church shooting: Woman avoids massacre after deciding not to attend church

Texas church shooting: Woman avoids massacre after deciding not to attend church

Texas county commissioner tells @NBCNews "there are a lot of fatalities" at church shooting, estimating 24 dead. The shooter has been reportedly killed as well.

It was not immediately known who carried out the attack on the First Baptist Church at 11.30am local time.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that prayers are with the victims of the "evil act." Sen. Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey declined to say how many patients were being treated at the hospital, but said the number was less than a dozen. The official toll has not yet been verified by law enforcement or local officials.

It is unclear whether the gunman was killed by officers or if his wounds were self-inflicted, Gamez said. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. His wife, Sherri Pomeroy, told NBC News that her husband was out of town but their daughter had attended the regular Sunday morning service at the church.

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

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

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He recounted that "the employees started screaming and the customers started screaming" as people began to flee the store. Two men were pronounced dead at the scene; a female victim was taken to an area hospital where she later died.

Between 10 to 15 people were also injured, according to the official who stressed that the figures could change.

He said more details would be released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shortly. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.

Sutherland Springs has a population of about 600 people and is located 34 miles east of San Antonio.

Emergency services arrived quickly to the scene while victims were rushed to hospital.

Video on KSAT television showed first responders taking a stretch from the church to a waiting AirLife helicopter.

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