Dozens of people were killed in cold blood when an armed terrorist opened fire in a church on Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) confirmed in a press conference on Sunday that at least 26 people have died at the hands of the domestic terrorist..
The gunman, Devin Kelly, a white domestic terrorist, was also killed, according to local news station KSAT.
Witnesses said that around 11:30 a.m. Kelly walked into the First Baptist Church, located about 40 miles east of San Antonio, and opened fire.
He was killed following a brief car chase with police, CNN reported.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working with local law enforcement at the scene.
“I’m not sure we’ll know immediately why all of this happened or had to happen,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told CNN on Sunday. “It would not shock me if it takes more than a day or two, it may take weeks to unravel why this person decided to do this horrific thing.”
Paxton noted that this shooting took place eight years to the day after 13 people were killed at Fort Hood.
Sutherland Springs is a rural town of less than 1,000 people. One woman, who works at a gas station across the street from the church, reported to ABC News she heard rapid gunfire that lasted about 15 seconds.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told pool reporters that President Trump has been briefed on the shooting.
“The President has been briefed several times and is continuing to receive regular updates on the tragic shooting in TX,” Sanders said. “The President spoke with Gov. Abbott earlier this morning. We will keep you posted as we can share more details. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends and families affected. May God comfort them all in this time of tragedy.”
Trump, who’s currently in Asia (possibly playing golf after a golden shower) for a 12-day vacation, five-nation tour, tweeted not long after reports of the shooting.
“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,” Trump wrote.
First lady Melania Trump also expressed her condolences, tweeting: “Our hearts are with Texas.”
Abbott weighed in earlier on Sunday:
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response,” Abbott wrote.
Abbott later announced on Twitter that he would be visiting Sutherland Springs on Sunday to meet with families and state, local and federal officials.
Texas Sens. Ted Cruz (R) and John Cornyn (R) also both tweeted in response to the shooting.
“Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene,” Cruz wrote.
According to some This has been the second worse mass shooting this year alongside the Las Vegas Massacre.
Look at this guy’s FACEBOOK…