Gunman kills at least 25 at Texas church

Calls for a media apology to the grieving Texas community surface in the wake of the shooting

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News that at least 25 people were killed and 30 injured.

"Upto 27 people are dead", MSNBC quoted Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr.as saying.

Among those killed was the 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, who was out of town with his wife when the rampage took place.

The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas, firing down from a hotel room, killed 58 people and wounded hundreds attending an outdoor concert. A woman who said she works at a gas station across the street from the church told ABC News she heard rapid gunfire around 11:15 a.m. Congregants fled the church and ran to the station cowering for cover, she said.

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President Donald Trump also tweeted from Japan where just began a lengthy trip to several Asian countries that he is monitoring the situation. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. It was unclear how many worshippers were inside at the time. The Wilson County sheriff, where the church is located, has not confirmed the name as journalists await a news conference.

The exact number of victims in the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs wasn't immediately known. The First Baptist Church is an unassuming, white structure with a red-hued door, with numerous flags in front, including an American flag and one for the Lone Star State. On Sunday, the Lone Star flag of Texas was flying alongside the US flag and a third, unidentified banner. The church records its services and posts the videos to YouTube. In one of the clips, a few dozen people, including young children, can be seen sitting in the wooden pews.

The area around a site of a shooting is taped out in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, in this picture obtained via social media. A U.S. Army Medical Corps psychiatrist convicted of the killings is now awaiting execution. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The gunman was sentenced to death for the racially motivated attack.

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