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Gunman opens fire at Texas church, at least 27 people died

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A gunman opened fire at a church outside San Antonio on Sunday, and multiple people were shot, according to multiple media and USA Today report.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told The Wilson County News and other media that the gunman walked into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and began firing, killing some of his victims. The shooter has been taken down, the sheriff said.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told CNN the shooter died following a short police pursuit. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman was killed by officers or if his wounds were self-inflicted, Gamez said.

Gamez, citing first responders at the scene, said he was told 27 people may have been killed and 24 wounded.
"My heart is broken," Gamez said.

Police, ambulances and helicopters swarmed to the scene of the small church 35 miles east of San Antonio. A sheriff's dispatcher declined to comment on the situation to USA TODAY, saying officials who could provide details were at the scene.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said agents from its San Antonio office were responding to the shooting.

"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act," Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS (Department of Public Safety) soon."

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted: "Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene."

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."

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