At least 27 killed in shooting at US church

At least 27 killed in shooting at US church

A single shooter walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday morning and opened fire, leaving at least 26 worshippers dead and many more injured.

The number of the dead at the First Baptist church, in the small town 30 miles south-east of San Antonio, made the killing the worst mass shooting in modern Texas history and one of the worst such gun rampages in recent years. The lone shooter was killed as he was being chased by police across county lines.

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In a Sunday evening press conference, Texas governor Greg Abbott said: “There are so many families who have lost family members, and it occurred in a church, in a place of worship. That’s where these people were mown down. We mourn their loss.”

Twenty three worshippers died inside the church, two outside it and one after being taken to hospital. Many more injured were still being treated. The ages of the dead ranged from five to 70.

Law enforcement officials at the press conference did not name the gunman, though his name was reported elsewhere. Freeman Martin of the Texas department of public safety gave a brief timeline of events.

At around 11.20am the suspect, described as a white male in his early 20s, was seen at a gas station over the road from the church.

He was dressed all in black in tactical-style clothes including a ballistic vest. He crossed the road and as he approached the church he began shooting, carrying on the firing as he entered the place of worship itself.

After the carnage, as he was leaving the church, he was engaged by a local resident carrying a rifle. The shooter dropped his own weapon, a Ruger assault rifle, and fled.

He was pursued by police and just as he reached Guadalupe County his vehicle veered off the road. He was found in the car dead, it is not known whether by his own hand or having been shot by a local resident.

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