On Sunday, a small church community in Sutherland Springs, Texas was brutally attacked when a man dressed in black stormed in with an assault rifle and opened fire.
26 people were killed and about 30 injured, according to the latest reports. The governor is calling this the deadliest mass shooting in the history of Texas.
The gunman was identified as Devin Kelley. According to officials, Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb. Kelley received a court-martial from the Air Force for assaulting his first wife and child.
The firearms were purchased by Kelley and reports suggest that he received a background check.
Among those tragically killed was the 14 year-old daughter of the church pastor, Frank Pomeroy. Pomeroy and his wife Sherri were out of town at the time of the attack.
President Trump said in a statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s murderous attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This horrible act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel, and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they loved. Our hearts are broken.
But in dark times such as these, Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms. And through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong.
My Administration is providing its full support to the state and local authorities investigating this horrible crime. I have spoken with Governor Abbott, and we offer our thanks to the first responders who ultimately stopped the suspect and rendered immediate and lifesaving aid to the victims of this shooting. I will continue to follow developments closely.
All of America is praying to God to help the wounded and the families – we will never leave their side."