A mass shooting at a small church in mid-Texas has left up to 27 people dead, including children, while many more have been wounded, according to reports.
The killings are said to have begun about 11:30 a.m., local time, at the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, southeast of San Antonio, Texas, according to the BBC.
A local sheriff, Joe Tackitt, earlier stated that an undetermined number of people had been killed, and that many had been taken to the hospital.
While the exact casualty number is not yet known, police official Albert Gamez, stated that as many as 27 were dead as a result of the mass shooting. Dozens more have been injured, he added, cited by Bnonews.com.
“The details are kind of sketchy but what I know right now, what they’re telling me, like 27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured,” Gamez said, cited by the BBC.
The shooter is believed to have been killed in the massacre. The San Antonio branch of the FBI noted that no reason has yet been discovered for the gunman’s motive.
Emergency officials are on scene and updated reports are expected.