One of the victims of the mass shooting was the church's pastor Frank Pomeroy's daughter, Annabelle. The gunman was killed several kilometers from the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 65 kilometers east of San Antonio, Guadalupe County Sheriff's Sergeant Robert Murphy said.
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. Authorities were still trying to determine a motive Sunday afternoon.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that prayers are with the victims of the "evil act." Sen.
A law enforcement official, who was briefed on the investigation, says the gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police.
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"I was not at the church when the shooting took place".
US President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan, where he is on an Asian trip, that he was monitoring the situation.
Federal law enforcement swarmed the scene to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI's evidence collection team. Buford declined to provide any details. "It's a small, tight-knit church". Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said agents from its San Antonio office were responding to the shooting.
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Carrie Matula, who works at a nearby gas station near, told MSNBC she heard what sounded like semiautomatic gunfire coming from the modest, white clapboard church with a red door. She gave no number. Eight of the wounded were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center and and seven others to area hospitals.
University Health System in San Antonio it was caring for 10 patients, at least four of them children.
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".
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