On Sunday, November 5th, a shooting took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. What was intended to be a beautiful day of worship suddenly turned into an unexpected, terrible tragedy.
The gunman—a 26-year-old devout atheist, Devin Patrick Kelley—stepped inside of the church and opened fire among the service attendees. At least 26 people, including several young children, have been confirmed dead with multiple others injured and still receiving treatment in the hospital.
Kelley was fortunately shot and scared off by one of the attendees—a hero—before police chased him down. However, when police finally found him, the suspect had already shot and killed himself.
After further investigation, it was discovered that the attacker’s motive for the shooting may not only have been for religious reasons, but a family feud. As reported earlier, his former mother-in-law—from his violent marriage with his previous wife—was a member of the church and could have been his target.
Following the tragic incident, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence sent over their prayers and condolences for the families affected by the shooting. Although Trump was in Japan at the time, he addressed the situation from afar.
The President stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s horrible and murderous attack. This 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 so dearly loved. Our hearts are broken...My administration will provide its’ full support to the great state of Texas.”
Pence took to Twitter to pray for the victims on behalf of himself and Second Lady Karen Pence. He also took a bold action for the victims—he announced that he and his wife will be visiting Sutherland Springs on Wednesday, November 8th to meet with the families, injured, and law enforcement.
What do you think about Mike and Karen Pence visiting Texas? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments. In related news, a mother of four died in the shooting trying to protect her babies.