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.