U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to the mass shooting in a small town in southeast Texas.
Tweeting from Japan, where he is on a 12-day, five-country Asian trip, President Trump said he was monitoring the situation.
“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
At least 20 people are reported killed in a shooting that took place at a First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 5.
A gunman entered the church and began firing on worshipers there, resulting in “multiple” fatalities and injuries, local media reported, citing the county authorities.
Paul W. Pfeil, a Wilson County, Texas, commissioner, said he couldn’t confirm the exact number of deaths or injuries. But he said there are “more than 20” dead, the New York Times reported.
Wilson County commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told CNN that the shooter was chased by police into another county and died, but it’s not clear if he killed himself or was shot by police.
Sheriff Joe Tackitt told the Wilson County News that there have been multiple injuries and fatalities, including children.
Agents of the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and other law enforcement agencies were either on the scene or traveling there, according to reports.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that “While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act.”
Reuters contributed to this report