Pastor's 14-year-old daughter reportedly among the dead in Texas church shooting

  • At least 20 people were killed in a mass shooting in a Texas church on Sunday.
  • One of the victims was the 14-year-old daughter of pastor Frank Pomeroy.
  • Pomeroy said his daughter was “one very beautiful, special child.”

At least 20 people were killed in a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.

Identities of the victims have not been released, but the church’s pastor Frank Pomeroy confirmed to ABC News that his 14-year-old daughter was among those who died.

Pomeroy’s wife Sherri told NBC News that her husband was out of town when the shooting took place, but their daughter was inside the church.

Frank Pomeroy described his daughter as “one very beautiful, special child.”

Local authorities said a man walked into the church while service was underway and opened fire. One witness said she heard at least 20 shots.

The suspect was reportedly shot and killed after a brief police chase. Authorities have not confirmed whether the suspect killed himself or was brought down by officers.

A witness at the church told a local CBS affiliate that the victims also included a 2-year-old child. A spokesman for University Hospital in San Antonio said the hospital has received nine patients from the shooting, four of whom are children.

Details are still emerging about the death toll, but law enforcement officials have told multiple media outlets Sunday afternoon that at least 20 people were killed and 24 people were injured.

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