This is a breaking news story and will likely be updated…
A gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Wilson County, Texas on Sunday, leaving an estimated 25 people dead and 20 more wounded.
Though the number of deaths has not been officially confirmed, the mass shooting could ultimately rank as one of the worst in modern American history.
“Today an unthinkable tragedy occurred in our community,” the First Baptist Church of La Vernia, Texas—located several miles from the site of the shooting—wrote on Facebook. “Our sanctuary will be open from 5-7 pm tonight. There will be pastors and leaders present to pray with you or to talk.”
Texas lawmakers responded to the mass shooting on social media:
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Terrible news coming out of Sutherland Springs, TX. I’m monitoring developments and am praying for the shooting victims.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) November 5, 2017
Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017
Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group, also responded:
Our hearts are with the Sutherland Springs community, the victims and their loved ones after yet another horrific act of gun violence. https://t.co/N02W5n4Ird
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) November 5, 2017