At least 26 were killed after a gunman opened fire in a Texas church in the town of Sutherland Springs on Sunday in the United States.
The shooter was identified as Devin Kelley on Sunday night. Kelley, 26, was honorably discharged from the US Air Force.
Kelley entered the First Baptist Church during its service at around 11:30 am local time and began firing an unidentified weapon. There were bodies found outside the church but it is unclear whether he killed the individuals upon his arrival.
The suspect was killed in the aftermath, according to various local reports.
Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CBS News that although details were unclear, he could confirm “27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured” earlier on Sunday, however, authorities said at least 26 were killed.
Pastor Frank Pomeroy and wife Sherri were out of Sutherland Springs but their 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was in attendance and killed during the shooting.
Her parents are currently making their way back to the town.
US media reports say that there was a “pursuit” before the shooter was “taken down.”
First responder services were on the scene in the form of several ambulances, firetrucks and helicopters.
More details are emerging over Sunday afternoon and a full report is expected from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
US President Donald Trump said in a tweet he was “monitoring the situation from Japan” where he launched his Asia tour.
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act,” tweeted Texas Governor Greg Abbott on the shooting.
Mr Abbott followed the tweet up with a full statement thanking law enforcement for their response and requesting “all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss.”
The governor is on his way to the scene at Sutherland Springs.
Texan Attorney General Ken Paxton gave a statement saying that the “thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs” and then his office “stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”
A motive is unknown and there have been no claims of responsibility from terror groups.
Multiple US agencies are on the scene for the “mass casualty incident”, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Marshals Service.
The Marshals service, under the Department of Justice, is the primary agency for fugitive operations and prisoner transport, sparking questions over the identity of the shooter.
Sutherland Springs is about an hour away from the city of San Antonio with a population of some 400.
More details to follow. Please refresh for the latest. Image 1 of the scene from local media.