Police in Sutherland Springs, Texas have confirmed that there are multiple victims in a mass shooting at a Baptist church in the community after social media reports described a man shooting parishioners.
Reports on Twitter and Facebook indicated that as many as 15 people were shot at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, but authorities had not confirmed that number. An MSNBC producer wrote, “Source in TX tells me as many as 10-15 dead in church shooting in Sutherland Springs, near San Antonio; suspect is down.” Videos and photos posted to social media, which you can see below, showed a massive law enforcement response to the scene.
“Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed that there were multiple casualties and multiple fatalities. The shooter has been taken down,” reported Wilson County News. Other reports said police shot the suspect, who has not yet been identified. Videos and photos posted to social media, which you can see below, showed a massive law enforcement response to the scene.
Although authorities had not provided details yet on the mass shooting reports, people on Twitter and Facebook were reporting that a man, possibly with an assault rifle, had shot multiple people, including at least one small child. People posted frantic messages on social media about loved ones.
Witnesses reported that the man walked into the church around 11:30 a.m. Sunday and opened fire, KSAT-TV reported, adding, “The church is located in the 500 block of 4th Street in the small, south Texas town about 40 miles east of San Antonio.” (Recent population figures said the town has only 362 people.)
A reporter for KSAT-TV also says the shooter is dead, and that police confirmed there were multiple victims, writing, “#BREAKING Confirmed shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, police say multiple victims.” That reporter, Matt Massey, also wrote that “neighbors say they heard shooter may have reloaded multiple times, around 50 people usually at service.” He reported that at least six helicopters were called in to transport victims.