Dozens feared dead in Texas church shoot­ing

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Page Two -

SUTHER­LAND SPRINGS, Texas — A man opened fire in­side a church in a small South Texas com­mu­nity on Sun­day, killing mul­ti­ple peo­ple and wound­ing oth­ers be­fore be­ing “taken down”, au­thor­i­ties said.

Au­thor­i­ties said a man walked into the First Bap­tist Church in Suther­land Springs and be­gan shoot­ing, killing mul­ti­ple peo­ple and wound­ing oth­ers.

Wil­son County Sher­iff Joe Tackitt told the Wil­son County News that the shooter had been “taken down,” but it’s not known how the shooter died.

Au­thor­i­ties haven’t said how many were killed or wounded, but a Wil­son County com­mis­sioner, Al­bert Gamez, told cable news out­lets that emer­gency of­fi­cials told him more than 20 peo­ple were slain and more than 20 oth­ers were wounded, though those fig­ures hadn’t been con­firmed.

Video on KSAT tele­vi­sion showed first re­spon­ders tak­ing a stretcher from the church to a wait­ing AirLife he­li­copter. Some vic­tims were taken by med­i­cal he­li­copter to the Brooke Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter, KSAT said.

Me­gan Posey, a spokes­woman for Con­nally Memo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter, which is in Floresville and about 10 miles from the church, said “mul­ti­ple” vic­tims were be­ing treated for gun­shot wounds. She de­clined to give a spe­cific num­ber but said it was less than a dozen.

A woman who lives about 10 min­utes away from Suther­land Springs in Floresville and was mon­i­tor­ing the chaos on a po­lice scan­ner and in Face­book com­mu­nity groups, said that ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one in the sparsely pop­u­lated county.

“This is hor­rific for our tiny lit­tle tight-knit town,” said Alena Ber­langa. “Ev­ery­body’s go­ing to be af­fected, and ev­ery­body knows some­one who’s af­fected,” she said.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted from Ja­pan, where he is on a trip to Asian na­tions, that he was mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the shoot­ing.

Texas Gover­nor Greg Ab­bott called the shoot­ing an “evil act” and promised “more de­tails” from the state’s Department of Pub­lic Safety.

Suther­land Springs is 30 miles (48 kilo­me­ters) south­east of San An­to­nio.

KSAT VIA AP

Emer­gency per­son­nel re­spond to a fa­tal shoot­ing at a Bap­tist church in Suther­land Springs, Texas on Sun­day.

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