Texas church shooting: Trump responds, monitoring situation from Japan

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At least 27 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services.

During its Sunday morning worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas became America's latest mass shooting.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt reported multiple victims, but has not released a number. It was not immediately clear how the shooter was taken down.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that dozens of people had been killed.

The gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police, said the official who was briefed on the investigation. Paddock subsequently killed himself.

To the martyrs of Southerland Springs: Remember God is our comfort, God is our patience.

Television stations KSAT and KENS reported there were multiple victims and there was a large police presence at the church.

The shooter is believed to have been killed in the massacre. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response", Texas governor Greg Abbott said in a statement.

She added that another woman narrowly avoided being caught up in the carnage after she left the area two minutes before the shooting happened to go clean the church's kitchen. He said some members of the community had "confirmed information" about family members and friends.

US President Donald Trump, who is in Japan on a 12-day tour of Asia, tweeted his thoughts and prayers to the people of Sutherland Springs. I am monitoring the situation from Japan. He entered the church at 11:30 AM local time, reports claim. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene.

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