Authorities said a man walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and began shooting, killing multiple people and wounding others. The exact number of deaths and injuries was not disclosed.
Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported the gunman entered the church at around 11:30 local time (6.30am NZDT).
"She was one lovely, special child", he said.
It comes just weeks after a sniper killed 58 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.
- It's unclear whether police shot the suspect or if he killed himself.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also offered his thoughts and prayers, adding that "my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed". Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act", and promised "more details" from the state's Department of Public Safety soon.
The area around a site of a mass shooting is taped out in Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 5, 2017, in this picture obtained via social media.
At least 10 victims were transported to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, said spokeswoman Megan Posey. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.
Emergency services arrived quickly to the scene while victims were rushed to hospital.
Sutherland Springs is about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump wrote on Twitter.