Preliminary reports say 27 people were shot dead while attending a Sunday morning service at a Baptist church just outside San Antonio.
A witness told KSAT that a man walked into the church about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and opened fire at the crowd of people. The church holds morning worship services at 11 a.m., according to its website.
Fox reports the shooter is now dead.
Prayers on behalf of the victims are already going up around the globe. Take a look:
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez told Charisma News, "Here we are again broken-hearted by evil and, this time, in a sanctuary for the Prince of Peace. We pray, we cry and we plead with God for mercy on our land. We thank Him for the first responders, and we trust Him to comfort those whose pain is unbearable. May our nation pray."
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) Nov. 5, 2017
Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) Nov. 5, 2017
Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) Nov. 5, 2017
Statement on shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX. pic.twitter.com/ffUbQgYdWD— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) Nov, 5, 2017
Praying for the families of Sutherland Springs. A church is the most sacred of places. No words. pic.twitter.com/J4z8LCGHuV— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) Nov. 5, 2017
My God, My God. A house of worship. There are no safe places left in America. Praying for all. #SutherlandSprings— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) Nov. 5, 2017
Terrible news coming out of Sutherland Springs, TX. I'm monitoring developments and am praying for the shooting victims.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) Nov. 5, 2017
Blood cries out from #SutherlandSprings today. Spirit interrogates this nation. Soul is sickened. What will shake us enough to wake us up?— Be A King (@BerniceKing) Nov. 5, 2017
Pray for the families of those killed and for the people wounded in the horrific church shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, today.— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) Nov. 5, 2017
Such tragic news in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Praying for all those impacted.— Craig Groeschel (@craiggroeschel) Nov. 5, 2017
Truly heartbreaking news in #Sutherland Springs. Please say a prayer for First Baptist congregation, first responders & the community there— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) Nov. 5, 2017
I can't even... weeping and praying for Sutherland Springs TX.— Christine Caine (@ChristineCaine) Nov. 5, 2017
Praying for FBC Sutherland Springs and the community of Sutherland Springs!— Chris Fedorcek (@chrisfedorcek) Nov. 5, 2017
God bless the people of Sutherland Springs, TX. Our country's hearts are breaking for the victims & their families. We love & are with you!— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) Nov. 5, 2017
A church in Sutherland Springs, TX was the target of a shooting today. Pray for the light of Christ to shine in the midst of tragedy. pic.twitter.com/BspfwoWl0G— Cedar Hills (CHCC) (@CedarHillsCR) Nov. 5, 2017
Our hearts are with First Baptist & the entire Sutherland Springs community after today's shooting. We pray for safety & the road to healing— World Vision USA (@WorldVisionUSA) Nov. 5, 2017
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.— Jael Sierra (@realJaelSierra) Nov. 5, 2017
Your country is with you, Texas. ❤️
Praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Sutherland Springs, Texas.— Brian Houston (@BrianCHouston) Nov. 5, 2017
This story will be updated throughout the day.
Jessilyn Justice @jessilynjustice is the director of online news for Charisma.
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