>> And be with us here as we learn to deal->> At least 26 people are dead and 20 more are wounded Sunday after a gunman opened fire inside a small church in Southeast Texas. Police said the suspect entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs with what appeared to be an assault rifle and started shooting.
The ages of people killed ranged from 5 to 72 years old.>> If you came here wanting to know the motive behind this shooting, you're gonna leave here disappointed.>> At a press conference, authorities said the lone gunman was a white male in his early 20s and he was dressed in black tactical gear.
His identity nor any possible motive were disclosed. The suspect was killed 12 miles from the church, after fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle. Police didn't say if he was killed by officers or by a self-inflicted gun wound. Texas governor Greg Abbott called the mass shooting an evil act.
>> As a state, we're dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state's history. The tragedy of course is worsened by the fact that it occurred in a church, a place of worship, where these people were innocently gunned down. We mourn their loss.>> The massacre comes just weeks after a sniper killed 58 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass-shooting in modern US history.
The shootings have stirred a years' long national debate over whether easy access to firearms contributes to the trend. President Trump, who is currently visiting Japan on a tour through Asia, responded to the mass shooting on Twitter, saying quote, may God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The FBI and law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.