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Posted: Nov 6 2017, 09:39 AM
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At least 20 die in Texas church shooting
Updated: 10:20 am, Monday, 6 November 2017
More than 20 people are feared dead after a gunman opened fire after walking into a Baptist church in the small Texan town of Sutherland Springs.
Authorities say the attacker is dead.
The number of fatalities or injuries hasn't been confirmed by authorities, but a Wilson County commissioner says he's been told more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in the attack during a Sunday service.
Albert Gamez made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack during a Sunday morning service in the small community southeast of San Antonio.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt earlier told the local paper there had been 'multiple casualties and fatalities' and the shooter had been taken down.
The attack on the First Baptist Church at 11.30am local time.
First responders converged on the small town of about 400 people southeast of San Antonio and helicopters have been taking victims to hospitals.
The FBI and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been called in.
ATF spokeswoman Mary Markos did not immediately have further details.
US President Donald Trump said he was following developments from Japan, where he has started a visit to 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.'
Texan Governor Greg Abbott has tweeted his shock.
'Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.'
A local resident told media the shooting would be devastating.
'But we will press on and we will make our way through it and we will trust in the Lord that we will see them again one day in heaven.'
Yet another mass-murder by a deranged individual. I can only shake my head at the mentality of the perpetrator.
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Posted: Nov 6 2017, 09:56 AM
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The world is full of crazy people. Very depressing.
It's a tough gig being the only duck in the shooting gallery
Posted: Nov 6 2017, 03:09 PM
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Texas church shooting: Sutherland Springs man describes chasing down shooter
Wilson County local Johnnie Langendorff
A Sutherland Springs man says he chased down the gunman responsible for the mass shooting at a local church service in south-east Texas.
Twenty-six people were shot dead in a small church in what the state's governor described as "the largest mass shooting in the state's history".
How 26 people died in this church
What we know about the Sunday morning church service that one man turned into the worst massacre in Texan history.
Wilson County local Johnnie Langendorff told reporters he had pulled up at the intersection opposite the First Baptist Church when he saw Devin Kelley outside the building exchanging fire with another man.
"The shooter [Kelley] … [took] off and fled in his vehicle and the other gentleman came and said, 'We need to pursue him — he just shot up the church'," Mr Langendorff said.
"So that's what I did."
He said the unidentified man jumped into his car and they took off after Kelley down a road that leads out of town.
"He got a little bit of a jump on us and so we were doing about 95mph [153kph] … going around traffic and everything," Mr Langendorff said.
"Eventually he came to kind of a slow-down and after that, we got within just a few feet of him. And then he got off the road.
"He just lost control."
Mr Langendorff said he stayed on the phone with police while the second man got out of the car and pointed his rifle at Kelley's vehicle.
He said it took between five and seven minutes for the police to arrive and there was no movement from Kelley's car during that time.
"We asked him to get out and [there was] no movement or nothing. No response," Mr Langendorff said.
"The police arrived and pushed us back. And then … they took care of the rest. I didn't see anything after that."
The gunman was found dead in his vehicle.
Mr Langendorff said he didn't think twice about pursuing Kelley and he knew it was the "right thing" to do.
There has been a flood of support for his actions on Facebook, with many describing him as a hero.
"Thank you for doing what you did today. My kids and I don't live far from the church and I am so glad you helped stop this man from hurting more people," Sammie Price Aguilar posted.
"What I would not give to just shake your hand sir," Mark Lester said.
A real Texas Cowboy - Well done
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Posted: Nov 7 2017, 02:47 AM
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