Multiple Deaths in Shooting At Texas Church, Sheriff Says

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Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.

David Keen, a constable in Wilson County, Tex., confirmed that there were casualties and said "there were kids involved".

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Local and state law enforcement were responding to the scene.

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

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"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act". He thanked law enforcement for their response.

With details rapidly unfolding, some unnamed officials were quoted in media reports citing tolls as high as 27 dead and 20 or more wounded.

Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our fearless first responders on the scene.

A witness at the scene told KENS, a local CBS affiliate, that a 2-year-old was among the victims shot.

An estimated 20 people were killed and 20 others were wounded in the attack, Wilson County commissioner Albert Gamez told cable news outlets. It's unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life.

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Shooter walked into the church shortly before noon and opened fire. He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene.

It appears that there are 27 confirmed deaths from the bad attack and dozens more injured.

He entered the church at 11:30 AM local time, reports claim.

Pictures and video on social media show a large police and paramedic presence.

Some victims were taken by medical helicopter to the Brooke Army Medical Center, television station KSAT reported.

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A sheriff's department dispatcher said everyone was at the scene and unavailable to comment.

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