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The FBI is responding to the scene of a reported shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, according to Michelle Lee, spokeswoman for the FBI's San Antonio field office.
The shooter was killed after a brief chase north into neighboring Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy. It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Murphy said.
The Associate Press reports that multiple people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400 people some 30 miles east of San Antonio.
First responders converged on the church, the AP says, and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.
A witness, a cashier at a gas station across the street from the church, told CNN that she heard about 20 shots being fired in quick succession while a church service was underway.
The Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville, Texas, is "accepting and assessing victims" from the Sutherland Springs church shooting, according to hospital spokeswoman Megan Posey. The number of victims is unknown at this time. "Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a tweet Sunday afternoon. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response."