Reactions pour in following mass shooting at church in Sutherland Springs, Texas

Officials issue messages of prayers, support

SAN ANTONIO – In the wake of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, comments and reactions from government officials have begun to pour in:

READ MORE: 27 dead, 30 injured in Sutherland Springs church shooting, sources say

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President Donald Trump:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

Rep. Joaquin Castro:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:

"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 Attorney General Ken Paxton:

“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church. My office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed. Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting.” 

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg:

"It's a sad day for South Texas. Learning about the road rage shooting in the south side of SA this morning was heartbreaking. Our city's thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young San Antonian and we ask for your help in identifying the vehicle in question. The mass shooting in Sutherland Springs is further alarming. The investigation is ongoing and our community stands with Wilson County in prayer. To have such a violent act occur in a place of worship magnifies the pain for communities at large. San Antonio holds our neighbors in prayer."