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At least 27 people were killed and dozens more injured in a mass shooting at a Texas church, law enforcement told ABC News.
The alleged shooter, who has not yet been identified, is dead and there no longer appears to be any active threats at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, police told ABC News.
Among the victims killed was 14-year-old Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father and church pastor Frank Pomeroy. He described her as “…one very beautiful, special child...” to ABC News.
A woman who works at a gas station across the street from the church told ABC News that she heard gunfire around 11:15 a.m., sending people at the church and gas station to run and take cover. “We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store,” the woman said.
“It lasted about 15 seconds," she said. "I yelled, ‘Get down! Get inside!’ and we all went into hiding.”
Emergency personnel were reportedly on the scene within minutes.
Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
Area of the church is now blocked off and taped off. Family and friends still waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe. pic.twitter.com/YsKz78i3Lg— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting from Japan, where he is currently on a tour of Asia.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement, "The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church."
"Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting,” Paxton said.
SOURCE: ABC News