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Slaughter In Texas… Shooter guns down multiple people at Baptist Church

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Up to 27 people are dead and thirty injured in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles outside of San Antonio, Texas. A gunman walked in to the First Baptist Church during services and opened fire. Reportedly, the shooter is now among the dead as well. This story just broke, so the facts may be fluid here. The shooter walked in at approximately 11:30 am.

Albert Gamez, Jr., a Wilson County Texas commissioner told CBS: “There’s still a lot of investigation going on the details are kind of sketchy. A number, what they’re telling me is 27 deceased and around 25 injured. First call it was 15, then 24, and now 27.” That number may go up as we hear more on this. He added: “That information comes from a local EMS official, but not from the Sheriff.” This is a horrific tragedy. Among the dead, as I understand it, is a two year-old child. I just have no words for this.

Police are being very close-lipped over all this. At least six helicopters were circling overhead to transport victims to a hospital and the FBI, ATF and other agencies are en route. A reporter stated: “Neighbors say they heard shooter may have reloaded multiple times, around 50 people usually at service.” There is no longer an active threat. The area is taped off and family and friends are still waiting to hear if their loved ones were among the victims.

What kind of monster does something like this? Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, said: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from the DPS soon.” Energy Secretary Rick Perry wrote: “Anita and I send our prayers to the victims of the shooting in Texas.” Senator Ted Cruz wrote: “Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.” President Trump also sent a tweet: “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.”

Sutherland Springs is a small community located in Wilson County, Texas on US Highway 87, with a population of just 362, according to the Handbook of Texas, published in 2000. It has two gas stations, a post office and a Dollar General Store. It also had a mass murderer. One man wrote on Facebook: “Unbelievable that people can’t go to church now without having to worry about an attack while praying.” I don’t even recognize this world anymore. Hunter Wallace said on Twitter: “What kind of country are we living in when sick people are shooting people worshiping at church? It has happened again in Sutherland Springs.”

There are scant details yet. The gunman was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies. There is no description yet and no motive.

At least 20 feared dead in mass shooting at Texas church | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/05/mass-shooting-reported-at-texas-sutherland-springs-church.htmlHelicopters and emergency personnel were seen arriving at the scene. The FBI is also on scene.

The gunman, according to Wiley, was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies.

Carrie Matula, who works at a gas station about 150 yards away from the church, told MSNBC that she heard “semiautomatic gunfire” and looked to see what was going on. “It’s a small Baptist church. It’s an older building. I don’t know that they would have security cameras or anything high tech like that. And I know they didn’t have security in the parking lot,” she said. “I never thought it would happen here,” Matula added. “This is something that happens in a big city. I would never have thought this would have taken place here. It’s just too tight a community. It doesn’t make sense.”

Sherri Pomeroy, the wife of church pastor Frank Pomeroy, told NBC News that her husband was out of town at the time of the reported shooting but that her daughter was inside the church. No word on if she survived. “My heart is broken,” Wilson Co. Commissioner Albert Gamez said to CNN. “We never think where it can happen, and it does happen. It doesn’t matter where you’re at. In a small community, real quiet and everything, and look at this, what can happen.”

Family members and friends gathered outside the church crying and praying for those inside. Over half the congregation is possibly dead after this. The other half is wounded. One wonders if anyone was armed inside and could have stopped at least some of this killing. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there. This just breaks my heart into a million pieces.


Terresa Monroe-Hamilton owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political, national and international issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com and a writer and editor at Right Wing News. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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