UPDATE: Texas Congressman Vicente Gonzalez said “apparently the shooter was not from the area,” adding he does not believe the incident was related to terrorism.
November 5, 2017 Several people were killed on Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a church in in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Unconfirmed reports say as many as 27 people were killed in the deadly shooting.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told a local news station that a gunman is dead. Wilson County Commissioner Paul Pheil said at least twenty people are dead and another twenty others were injured —including some children in the shooting. Some victims were airlifted and others were transported to local hospitals.
Law enforcement officials say a single shooter walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and opened fire, killing several people. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told MSNBC News as many as 24 are dead.
FBI and ATF agents are en-route to the scene of the deadly mass shooting. Texas Governor, Greg Abbott said in a statement via Twitter:
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act.”
Police have not established a motive for Sunday’s deadly attack on the First Baptist Church in Southerland, Texas.
Sutherland Springs, Texas is small town located thirty miles southeast of San Antonio. Sunday’s mass shooting comes less than six weeks after another deadly Church shooting. On September 24, a gunman opened fired at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee killing one person and injuring seven others.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."