President Donald Trump tweeted shortly after a mass shooting at Baptist church in Texas killed 26 people on Saturday. The president is on a 12-day trip to Asia and is currently in Japan.
Trump tweeted to his 42 million followers on Twitter that he is “monitoring the situation from Japan.” He arrived in Japan on Saturday after flying from Washington, D.C., to Hawaii.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
ABC News KSAT12 in San Antonio reported that the killer was Devin Kelly of New Braunfels. Kelly is dead, dozens more were wounded and the FBI is on scene. Some victims were taken to Brooke Army Medical Center and others were taken to local hospitals.
The church had service at 11 a.m. Central time on Saturday and the church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, was out of town during the service, according to NBC News.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said Kelly fled in a vehicle after the shooting and was later found dead in his car in Guadalupe County, just north of Wilson County.
Trump spoke about the shooting from his trip to Asia. Watch his comments here:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement about the shooting:
While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act. I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss.
Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz both sent messages on Twitter offering condolences to the victims of the shooting, one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. Just last month, more than 50 people were gunned down at a concert in Las Vegas.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted on Sunday night:
And former President Barack Obama also tweeted about the shooting: