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Live Reporting

Kevin Ponniah and David Walker

All times stated are UK

  1. Live coverage ends

    We are ending our live updates of events in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people have been shot dead at a baptist church.

    You can keep up to date with our main news story here.

  2. Sutherland Springs: What we know so far

    At least 26 people were killed and 20 injured when a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning. It is the worst mass shooting in the state's history. Children are reported among the victims.

    The suspect, described as a white male, wore a bulletproof vest and black combat gear. Police say that after leaving the church he was shot at by a local resident and dropped his assault rifle and fled the scene. He was later found dead in his vehicle.

    Police have not confirmed the suspect's identity but US media have named him as Devin P Kelley, 26. The motive is still not clear.

  3. Worst ever attack in Texas

    First responders are at the scene of shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 5, 2017.

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said the mass shooting is the worst in the state's history.

    The Dallas Morning News reports that it surpasses a 1991 attack in which a man crashed a truck through a window of Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen and opened fire, killing 23 people and wounding 20 others.

    He refused to surrender to police and shot himself.

  4. Trump: 'We stand strong'

    Speaking in Japan, President Donald Trump has said his administration will provide its full support to the state of Texas in the wake of the latest shooting.

    "We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel... through the tears and through the sadness we stand strong, oh so strong," he said.

  5. Local citizen 'returned fire during attack'

    Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Freeman Martin described the suspect as a young white male, dressed all in black and wearing a ballistic vest.

    He told reporters that the shooting started outside the church before the gunman went inside and opened fire. When the gunman left the church a local citizen grabbed his own rifle and returned fire as the suspect fled in a car. The citizen pursued the suspect, who drove off the road and crashed his car. Police found the suspect dead in his car but it is unclear if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or from returned fire from the citizen, Mr Martin added.

  6. Death toll confirmed at 26

    Texas officials have confirmed that the death toll of 26 does not include the gunman. They say 23 people were killed inside the church, two outside and one died later.

    At least 20 others are understood to be wounded.

  7. Worst mass shooting in Texas - governor

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott says it is the worst mass shooting in the state's history.

    Sheriff Joe Tackitt of Wilson County has just told the news conference that they cannot yet release the names of any of the victims.

  8. Texas governor: 26 dead

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has told a new conference that 26 people have been killed, but it is not clear if the gunman is included in that number.

  9. Suspected gunman named by US media

    ABC News, citing law enforcement sources, have named the suspected gunman as 26-year-old white male Devin Kelley from New Braunfels, Texas.

    Police have reportedly searched his home for explosives.

  10. Police seal off scene of shooting

    Police roadblock near scene of shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 5 Nov 2017

    Police have thrown a cordon around the church in Sutherland Springs as investigators gather evidence. Officials are due to release more information about the shooting at a news conference.

  11. Watch: A history of US mass shootings

    We made this video after the shooting in Las Vegas on 1 October.

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    Video caption: How US mass shootings are getting worse
  12. Congress 'must act on gun control'

    Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal has called on Congress to act on gun control in the wake of the latest mass shooting.

    Similar calls were made last month, after a shooting in Las Vegas that saw 58 people killed and more than 500 injured.

    It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

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  13. Neighbour 'returned fire' at suspect

    Erica Hernandez, a reporter for TV station KSAT 12, was one of the first journalists on the scene.

    People living near the church told her that the suspect first started shooting from outside the church and then went inside. He had a mask, a lot of ammunition and was in "full gear", she was told.

    One person returned fire towards him, witnesses said.

    The assailant fled the scene in his vehicle and is said to have later crashed.

    Authorities have not confirmed these details.

    Watch the full video of her firsthand account here.

  14. Boy, six, 'shot four times'

    CBS News is reporting that a six-year-old boy had been shot four times and was undergoing surgery.

    A spokeswoman for a medical centre in nearby Floresville told the Associated Press that "multiple" victims are being treated there for gunshot wounds.

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  15. 'Pastor's daughter among those killed'

    The First Baptist Church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, has told ABC News that his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, is among those killed. He described her as “one very beautiful, special child,” in a phone call to the broadcaster.

    Mr Pomeroy said he was not at the church as he was in Oklahoma.

  16. Las Vegas 'stands with Sutherland Springs'

    The deadliest mass shooting in US history was just over a month ago in Las Vegas.

    Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 injured by gunman Stephen Paddock.

    The Las Vegas mayor has tweeted her solidarity with Sutherland Springs:

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  17. Impending news conference

    We are waiting for officials to speak at a press conference.

    Many details remain unknown at this stage, including the gunman's identity, his motive, how he died and the exact number of casualties.

    We will bring you information from authorities as they release it.

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  18. 'There was no police chase'

    A spokesman for the sheriff's office in neighbouring Guadeloupe County has denied media reports that there was a police chase.

    Sergeant Robert Murphy told the AFP news agency the gunman was dead, but did not provide further details.

    "There was no police chase," he said. "He was in his vehicle".

    Police cars seen in Sutherland Springs