28 Dead In Texas Church Shooting, At Least 15-20 Wounded

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At least 28 people were killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Sunday morning.  Between 15-20 people were wounded.  The shooter was killed in Guadalupe County. Police are reportedly searching for explosives at a home belonging to the suspected shooter. church-shooting3The shooter has not been identified.

 

Amanda Mosel’s 13-year-old goddaughter was gunned down in the shooting. With tears in her eyes, the 34-year-old stood outside the Sutherland Springs Community Building where citizens gathered following the shooting.

 

“From what I’ve heard, someone just walked in and started shooting,” she said.

 

Mosel said she “sadly” didn’t attend church this morning, but the church is one she’s attended.

 

“There’s maybe 50 of us,” she said. “It’s a small, tight-knit church.”

 

Devy Collins, 53, said one of the church pastor’s children was killed. The pastor and his wife were out of town when the shooting occurred.

 

At least 10 victims were transported to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, said spokeswoman Megan Posey. She could not speak to their age or gender, but said there are multiple victims with gunshot wounds, and some have had to be taken by helicopter to a different treatment center.

 

According to a Twitter post, University Hospital’s trauma team is caring for nine of the patients from the Sutherland Springs shooting, 4 children, 5 adults. The hospital reported one more victim is on the way.

A Sutherland Springs resident who lives near the church said the gunshots sounded like “somebody was banging a piece of wood” and she wasn’t sure what the loud noises were at first. She heard a rapid succession of “pop-pop-pop” sounds, then a pause, then another burst of pops. The pattern kept repeating itself. She looked at the church but saw no activity.

 

Minutes later, police cars swarmed through the neighborhood.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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