Britney Spears, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Tony Goldwyn, Bebe Rexha, and Carson Daly respond to small town shooting that left more than 20 dead.
As news broke out of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire inside a Baptist church, many people turned to social media for solace. Following on the heels of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history just over a month ago in Las Vegas, this latest incident quickly emerged among the deadliest yet.
While early reports are still unclear, and law enforcement officials have not yet released full details surrounding the shooting, we do know that a single gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Sunday morning, killing and injuring many individuals, including children.
The gunman is deceased, having been shot and killed after a car chase with police. Authorities have not yet revealed the name of the gunman, nor have they determined a motive.
A law enforcement official spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity, revealing that there were more than 20 people killed and between ten and fifteen injured. President Donald Trump quickly tweeted that he was monitoring the situation from Japan.
Many who took to the internet to express their sorrow and outrage at this latest act of violence used the shooting to discuss their passionate desire for stricter gun control laws in America, including "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing, who wrote, "CONGRESS- the Horror of Sutherland Springs is on YOU. BAN gun stocks NOW."
While some others from both sides of the spectrum got very political in their reactions, many celebrities, including Donald and Melania Trump, did not use their platform to take any stance, instead sending prayers to the victims of the attack and the surrounding community.
Below are some of their comments:
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
Our hearts are with #Texas— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) 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
Absolutely gutted by what happened in Texas. May god bless all the victims and their families and friends. 😔— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) November 5, 2017
Here’s an easy prediction: if the Texas killer is brown our racist president fans hatred & limits freedom. If white, nothing happens.— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) November 5, 2017
My heart just broke. Again . #SutherlandSprings Texas church shooting. Please stop the madness 🙏🏼💔— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) November 5, 2017
As a human being, I'm heartbroken for #SutherlandSprings. As a new parent, I'm traumatized and terrified. This has to stop.— caprice crane (@capricecrane) November 5, 2017
NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT GUN CONTROL! Another senseless mowing down of innocent citizens who have THE RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE WITHOUT FEAR!!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 5, 2017
Praying for the folks in Texas who were suffered a satanic attack in their church today— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 5, 2017
God help us the worlds gone crazy!
At least 25 dead in Texas church shooting. So much madness. pic.twitter.com/nrhC7Aa4x4— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) November 5, 2017
Praying for all the family, friends, and the church that was under the massive attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas this morning. #pray— RJ Mitte (@RjMitte) 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
My heart is with all those affected by the terrible tragedy in Texas.— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 5, 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
How many more have to die before we enact sane gun control laws?— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 5, 2017
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) 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
Where's the next mass shooting gonna be? Any guesses? Should we try to do anything we can to prevent it? No? Ok cool. Good luck out there!— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 5, 2017
20+ dead in a small town church. 500+ shot in Vegas. If this isn’t a public heath crisis, what is? This sure isn’t freedom.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 5, 2017
To all who lost loved ones at Sutherland Springs: the nation grieves with you. We must find moral courage to address these senseless acts.— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) November 5, 2017
sending all our love to those in Texas affected by yet another senseless and heartbreaking shooting.— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) November 5, 2017
oh no, Texas. my heart is with you.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 5, 2017
That hasnt helped or prevented ANY shootings. The victims in texas were in church praying when they were shot. We need better gun laws! https://t.co/Y7vWS5ESHn— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) November 5, 2017
Prayers to the victims & their families of the evil tragedy in Texas🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) November 5, 2017
ATF and FBI agents have secured the scene in Sutherland Springs, which is approximately 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.