27 Dead After Mass Shooting At Church In San Antonio Area

*As of this report, at least 27 people have been killed and 30 people have been injured in a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

A witness reported seeing the as-yet unidentified man walked into First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:30 am Central on Sunday.

Wilson County commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told a CNN reporter that the gunman fled in a vehicle after the shooting and is now dead after a brief pursuit.

The incident happened at around noon on Sunday when officers were called to reports of an active shooter at the church. Sutherland Springs, which is a community in Wilson County, is about 28 miles southeast of San Antonio.

A large number of emergency services, including multiple medical helicopters, have been called to the scene.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed that multiple people had been killed and others injured, but the exact number of casualties was not immediately known. A source told NBC News that the number of dead could be as high as 10 to 15.

The shooter is believed to have been killed, but there was no immediate word on his or her identity.

“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Twitter. “

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