Texas church shooting, 27 people dead and 30 more injured.


churchhA GUNMAN in full combat gear has killed and wounded dozens of people during a shooting spree at a small Texas church.

The incident took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small community of about 400 people located about 48km south east of San Antonio.

A police commissioner at the scene, Albert Gamez Jr, confirmed that at least 27 people had died. A similar number of others had been wounded.

“The details are kind of sketchy but what I know right now, what they’re telling me, like 27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured,” Mr Gomez Jr said.

Local media report a two-year-old is among the shooting victims.

Police said the gunman is dead and there is no longer an active shooter at large.

The shooter was reportedly killed after a brief chase north into neighbouring Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

A witness said the gunman was dressed in what looked like combat gear when he burst into the church and began shooting during the Sunday morning service.

It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Murphy said.

There is a large police presence at the church. Constable Thomas Silvas, an officer from Wilson County, told Fox News officials were working on removing the bodies.

Rescue helicopters have been called to the scene to rush victims to hospital.

There are reports the gunman was seen to reload “several times”.

The FBI has arrived to secure the scene.

A neighbour said the shooting happened just before noon local time at a time when there were about 50 people at the service.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted shortly after the incident was reported: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.”