Patrick McMahon
Posted with permission from Rare

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As many as 27 people have been killed in a mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Witnesses say the shooter entered the church at about 11:30 am local time and began firing, with some reporting he reloaded at least once, per KSAT and the Daily Mail. He reportedly entered the church wearing tactical gear and fled the scene after the shooting.

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Police say the shooter is dead and no longer an active threat. After fleeing the church, a witness told the Daily Mail that he led police on a short pursuit, crashed his vehicle, attempted to flee on foot, and was “taken down” by police.

Local law enforcement have been joined by the FBI at the scene of the shooting, reports CNN. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has responded to the scene as well.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr has told CNN that as many as 27 are dead, though there is no official number of killed or wounded at this time.

President Donald Trump has said he is “monitoring” the shooting.

The last high-profile mass shooting at a church took place in September at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. One person was killed and seven were injured in a mass shooting attributed to 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson.

 

This is a developing story.

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