At least 26 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday morning.
The incident began around 11:30 AM ET when the gunman walked into the church and began firing an assault weapon at the congregation. According to the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, a man who lives next door to the church eventually confronted the man with a rifle, chasing him off.
The gunman drove away and was later found dead of a bullet wound. It is unclear if the wound was self-inflicted or if he was shot by the man.
As news of the terrible events spread, several celebrities and politicians took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
We grieve with all the families in Sutherland Springs harmed by this act of hatred, and we’ll stand with the survivors as they recover…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 6, 2017
My thoughts are with the victims of Sutherland Springs and their loved ones. No community should have to face such a senseless tragedy.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 5, 2017
Canadians send their condolences to those affected by today's tragic church shooting in Texas – we wish a full recovery to the injured.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 5, 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
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) November 5, 2017
No words. My heart is broken for Sutherland Springs, TX and for 2017 America. Please let’s all come together
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 5, 2017
My heart breaks over the news coming out of Texas 💔 My prayers are with the Sutherland Springs community 🙏
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) November 5, 2017
No one should have to worry about loved ones in a house of worship, a nightclub, a school or at a concert. #SutherlandSprings you’re in my❤️
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 5, 2017
Another day. Another mass shooting. Will it ever end? Heartbroken for all those affected. #Texas
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 5, 2017
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) November 5, 2017
Americans again murdered in a place of worship. Jill and I send our prayers to Sutherland Springs.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 6, 2017