A shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas Sunday left 26 dead and more than a dozen injured. Authorities says a gunman opened fire during a church service, killing victims aged 5 to 72 years old.
As soon as this shooting happened Governor Greg Abbott sprang into action. Abbott traveled to Sutherland Springs within hours. The governor also ordered flags across the state to be lowered at half-staff in honor of the lives lost in Sutherland Springs.
Abbott calls the shooting an act of pure evil, but is also giving hope to the people of Sutherland springs, all Texans, and the nation as a whole.
"…So many families who have lost family members….fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. The tragedy, of course, is worsened by the fact that it occurred in a church, a place of worship, where these people were innocently gunned down. We mourn their loss. But we support their family members," said Abbott.
"In tragic times Americans always pull together. We are always strongest when we are unified. To the wounded and the families of the victims, all of America is praying for you, supporting you and grieving alongside of you," said President Donald Trump.
Abbott is asking for flags to remain at half-staff until Thursday, Nov. 9.