More than 2 dozen killed in Texas church ambush; Trump monitors from Japan

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Dozens have been killed, and dozens more injured, in an ambush attack in a Texas church on Saturday.

The slaughter took place at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and the Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people have been killed and the number of dead is expected to rise.

According to witnesses, a man in “full gear” walked into the church and opened fire on the parishioners around 11:30 a.m. local time.

The shooter fled the scene and was chased by police. He is dead, but it is unknown if he killed himself or was shot by police, according to CNN.

The shooter was killed after a brief chase north into neighboring Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy. It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Murphy said.

The FBI is responding to the scene of the shooting, according to Michelle Lee, spokeswoman for the FBI’s San Antonio field office.

Local police also have responded to the scene, which occurred at the First Baptist Church, a witness told CNN. The witness, a cashier at a gas station across the street from the church, said she heard about 20 shots being fired in quick succession while a church service was underway around 11:30 a.m. local time.

President Donald Trump responded to the shooting in a statement on Twitter.

“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan,” he wrote.

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