United States church shooting: Donald Trump, Texas Governor offer condolences

A witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack. Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times

Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ there are multiple deaths.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville, Texas, is "accepting and assessing victims" from the Sutherland Springs church shooting, according to hospital spokeswoman Megan Posey.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted: "Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our courageous first responders on the scene".

The man allegedly opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, which is located east of San Antonio.

While the exact casualty number is not known, a county commissioner, Albert Gomez, stated that as many as 27 were dead as a result of the mass shooting.

Police cars are seen at Sutherland Springs, U.S., November 5, 2017, in this picture obtained from social media.

President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan, where is his on an Asian trip, that he was monitoring the situation following the shooting. The shooter has been reportedly "taken down".

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and that "the details of this horrific act are still under investigation". It's unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life. He thanked law enforcement for their response.

Contacted by Al Jazeera, the Wilson County sheriff was not immediately available for comment.

"Another church shooting. Lord have mercy", tweeted Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

"It was rapid fire", Matula said.

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