Franklin Graham Asks for Prayers After Shooting Claims the Lives of 6, Injures 5 Police Officers

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February 15, 2019Feb 15, 2019

Tragic news came out of Illinois today. At least six people are dead including a gunman after a shooting at an industrial plant in Aurora, Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In addition to the five killed by the gunman, five officers were also shot. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital confirmed they had one patient, and there is one patient at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Condition reports are not available at this time.

They were shot by Gary Martin, 45, who police believed was an employee of the plant, Henry Pratt Co. Police do not know his motive yet.

Franklin Graham took to ask for prayers after the news broke. He shared that numerous people were still being treated from the shooting. 

"Pray for everyone impacted by this situation as multiple people have been transported for medical treatment."

He wrote, "The shooting that took place this afternoon in Aurora, Illinois, is tragic. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. No words can express the sorrow and grief that they are going through. Please lift them up in prayer."

Mayor Richard Irvin said the victims were "senselessly gunned down" and praised police officers who were wounded in the shooting and halted the massacre.

"You rushed toward danger, and in doing that you saved countless lives," Gov. J.B. Pritzker also said, thanking first responders.

The shooter's mother told WGN: "My heart goes out to all the victims."

President Trump also addressed the shooting. In a tweet, he expressed his condolences for the families and his appreciation of law enforcement.

"Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!"

Please pray for everyone who was involved in the shooting. May God comfort and guide them.