A shooter opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office confirms to PEOPLE.
A solo gunman started shooting inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told NBC News.
A cashier who worked across the street from the church at a gas station told CNN he heard 20 shots being fired in quick succession around 11:30 a.m. local time while a service going on inside.
Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy told CNN the shooter was killed after a brief chase into neighboring Guadalupe County. He said it is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life.
Gamez also said the shooter was “down” and that there were multiple fatalities and multiple wounded, though he did not specify how many were injured or killed.
KENS reports Sheriff Joe Tackitt also said there were “multiple casualties and fatalities.” One witness told the outlet that one victim was allegedly a 2-year-old child.
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Shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. pic.twitter.com/FclGfvwOx9
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 5, 2017
Police tell me shooter is dead and there is no more active threat pic.twitter.com/1QPX8uQtpY
— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
Business owner Dana Fletcher told CBS News she saw many sheriff’s vehicles and ambulances racing down the road and people being airlifted from the scene.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced via Twitter that special agents were responding to the shooting. The FBI is also on the scene, according to CNN.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “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.”
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
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.