SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas -- More than 20 people were killed Sunday when a man walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting, authorities told local news reporters.
A commissioner of Wilson County, Albert Gamez Jr., told the Washington Post that at least 27 people were killed and more than 20 were injured in the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
The gunman, who a county commissioner said was a man, was killed by police, ABC affiliate KSAT reported.
First responders converged on the church in the small town of about 400 people southeast of San Antonio. Helicopters could be seen taking victims to hospitals.
In a statement posted on Twitter, President Donald Trump expressed his condolences for the victims.
"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," he said. "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan."
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
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act" and thanked law enforcement for their response.
At least 6 helicopters called to transport victims pic.twitter.com/GTwwQfPx6L-- Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
The First Baptist Church of La Vernia, Tex., which is about seven miles away from Sutherland Springs, said it would be open to community members from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
"Today an unthinkable tragedy occurred in our community," the church wrote on Facebook. "There will be Pastors and leaders present to pray with you or to talk, and the altar will be open for us to fall at the feet of Jesus."
First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who was not at the church during the shooting, told ABC News his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, was among those killed.
25 dead would mean three of the five deadliest shootings in modern US history have come since last year - and two since last month.-- Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 5, 2017
First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy tells ABC his 14yr-old daughter is among the dead--Says she "was one very beautiful, special child"-- Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 5, 2017
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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