Local, national leaders react to Texas church massacre
Local and national leaders reacted on social media to a Sunday mass shooting at a small Texas church during morning worship services.
A gunman fatally shot 26 people — ranging in age from 5 to 72 — at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs with an assault rifle. About 20 others were injured, The Associated Press reported.
An armed resident confronted the suspect, who fled in a sport utility vehicle. The resident and a passing motorist chased the suspect until his SUV crashed. He was found dead inside.
It was the worst mass shooting in Texas history.
The loss of life in TX, LV, & elsewhere shouldn't be something we accept. We must do more to understand & stop these kinds of massacres.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 5, 2017
In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence (2/2)— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) November 5, 2017
Prayers for the healing. Prayers that Congress finally has the courage to address this uniquely American crisis through common sense reform. https://t.co/KJzu4v9C1u— bill peduto (@billpeduto) November 6, 2017
Heartbroken by the awful shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. May God bless all those affected and their families.— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) November 5, 2017
I am horrified by the events that took place in Sutherland Springs, TX today. The victims and their families are in my prayers.— Keith Rothfus (@KeithRothfus) November 6, 2017
My heart is broken for the victims and their loved ones in #SutherlandSprings , TX. May God's love grant them strength, comfort, and peace.— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) November 6, 2017
Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 5, 2017
These tragedies aren't inevitable. Don't let hopelessness win today. We must persist in our efforts to prevent gun violence.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 6, 2017
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Statement on shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX. pic.twitter.com/ffUbQgYdWD— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 5, 2017
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