Texas church shooting leaves more than 20 dead

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The official toll has not yet been verified by law enforcement or local officials.

At least 27 people have been killed inside a Texas church - including a two-year-old child - after a gunman dressed in full combat gear opened fire during the morning service before cops shot him dead. He added that he is "monitoring the situation from Japan".

The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed while there was no indication of the gunman's motive.

According to Wilson County news, the local sheriff confirmed that there were "multiple" deaths and the shooter was "taken down". "More details from DPS soon", Abbott tweeted. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News that at least 25 people were killed and 30 injured.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt told the Wilson County News that there have been "multiple casualties and fatalities".

"We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store", said the woman, who said she is 49 but declined to give her name. Eight of the wounded were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center and and seven others to area hospitals.

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A mass shooting occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. The suspect then fled in a vehicle, and after a brief pursuit, he was killed. "It's a small, tight-knit church".

The shooting occurred on the eighth anniversary of the November 5, 2009 massacre of 13 people at the Fort Hood Army base in central Texas.

It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Mr Murphy said.

The mass shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas fired down from a hotel room on a concert crowd, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

There is a large police presence at the church.

Rescue helicopters have been called to the scene to rush victims to hospital.

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