UPDATE with Trump tweet President Donald Trump, on a trip to Asia, says he is monitoring the mass shooting tragedy at a small Texas church. “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.” (See his tweet below.)
Unconfirmed reports put the death total of at least two dozen dead, with 30 injured.
The shooter is dead, Texas police are saying, and there is no active threat on the scene. Witnesses say the shooter was in full combat gear and his victims include at least one child. He entered the church at 11:30 AM local time, according to reports.
Cable news channels immediately interrupted regular programming Sunday to report that the man had opened fire inside a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, 40 miles east of San Antonio. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. reports that up to 24 people may be dead.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt reported multiple victims, but has not released a number.
The FBI and Texas Rangers are reportedly on the scene.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Texas Senator Ted Cruz also responded:
Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 5, 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017