An alleged act of terror in Texas left nine people dead, including one police officer, and wounded six others, including a police officer and a civilian, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday.
The incident was reported Sunday afternoon by an officer in a vehicle responding to a report of shots fired, the department said in a statement.
Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in response to the shooting, which took place in the town of Garland.
It took place as hundreds of police officers and military personnel were deployed to help with the response.
The Texas Department, which manages the Texas state prison system, is investigating the incident.
Abbott issued a statement on Tuesday night saying the “terrible tragedy” occurred at a “savage and barbaric act of violence.”
He called it a “travesty of our country.”
The governor said he is in contact with federal authorities and will hold a press conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday to discuss the shooting.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas said the office was not involved in the investigation.
Officials did not identify the shooter, but law enforcement said the suspect was believed to be in his 30s.
The shooting occurred in Garland, about 30 miles northwest of Austin.
Authorities say the suspect entered the church at the Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and opened fire, killing at least four people.
The suspect fled the scene and is believed to have gone to another church.
Two of the victims were identified as officers from the Garland Police Department.
Officials identified two victims as the officers killed in the shooting and a third as the civilian who was injured.
The FBI is investigating.