Pastor's 14-year-old daughter among those slain in church shooting

Pastor's 14-year-old daughter among those slain in church shooting

Pastor's 14-year-old daughter among those slain in church shooting

The shooter reportedly walked into the church shortly before noon - at a morning service that witnesses said was normally attended by some 50 people - and opened fire.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told The Wilson County News that the shooter has been killed. Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey declined to say how many patients were being treated at the hospital, but said the number was less than a dozen.

TV news anchors discussed the fact that the church, located about 40 minutes southeast of San Antonio, posts its services to YouTube, and thus there may be a recording of the shooting that investigators will be able to study.

The church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, said his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, is among the dead. Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning - a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church.

The FBI is heading to the scene, ABC News has learned.

The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman's motive.

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It was not immediately known who carried out the attack on the First Baptist Church at 11.30am local time.

Mr Silva said he had been approached by a woman who said she had two loved ones at the church who were shot.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act", and promised "more details" from the state's Department of Public Safety soon.

"This is a very small community, so everyone was very curious as to what was going on".

About 860 people lived in the Sutherland Springs area as of 2010, according to the U.S. Census.

Several fire and police vehicles arrived at the church while a helicopter was seen taking victims to hospitals.

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