At least 27 people were killed and around 27 injured in a Texas church shooting Sunday morning, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – At least 27 people were killed and around two dozen were injured in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 40 miles Southeast of San Antonio.
The alleged shooter is dead, and it appears there is no longer an active threat at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, police told ABC News.
A person who said she works at a gas station across the street from the church told ABC News she heard rapid gunfire at around 11:15 a.m., leading congregants from the church as well as customers at the station to run inside for cover.
“We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store,” she said.
“It lasted about 15 seconds. I yelled, ‘Get down! Get inside!’ and we all went into hiding,” said the woman, who said she is 49 but declined to give her name.
She said the gas station locked its doors. “We have not reopened,” she said.
She then that within minutes of the gunfire, emergency personnel had arrived at the scene.
“There were officers that were checking the wounded in here were asking them questions,” she said.
The FBI and ATF were at the scene by Sunday afternoon, and at least six people from the church were taken to Connally Memorial Center in nearby Floresville for treatment.
14-Year Old Girl Among the Victims
One victim of the shooting is a 14-year-old girl, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who spoke by phone to confirms the death of his daughter in the shooting ABC’s Mike DelMoro – all on phone – not recorded. Do not have photo.
“Annabelle Renee Pomeroy was killed in their church, her father told ABC News’ Mike DelMoro.
She “was one very beautiful special child,” Pomeroy said.
The father said he was in Oklahoma on Sunday morning, a rare weekend that he wasn’t home, and was driving back Sunday afternoon.
All of those who died are friends, he said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement, “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church.”
“Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting,” Paxton said.
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