26 Dead in Texas Church Shooting, Killer Stopped by Armed Citizen

by CATHY BURKE November 6, 2017

A lone gunman walked into a church in a small town in southeast Texas on Sunday and opened fire, reportedly killing at least 26 people and injuring two dozen others.

The horror unfolded around 12:30 p.m. ET during a service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles east of San Antonio.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told MSNBC he had heard up to 27 people might have died, while it was believed another 24 had been injured, NBC News reported.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday evening that at lest 26 were killed.

Gamez said he had been initially told the shooter had run from the carnage, but deputies chased him and the shooter was now dead, per NBC News.

It was not clear if he shot himself or was killed by authorities. The FBI and ATF were headed to the scene.

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