On Sunday morning in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, residents gathered at the First Baptist Church to fellowship and pray. As the service was underway, a gunman opened fire on the church and its congregants, killing 26 and wounding at least 10.
Sutherland Springs is an unincorporated community about 30 miles east of San Antonio.The town has roughly 362 residents, so 26 people accounts for over 7% of the population. Let that sink in for a minute.
"There's two gas stations, the church, a community center, post office, a Dollar General, a tire shop," Dana Fletcher, a Sutherland Springs Resident, told CNN of the town. "That's about it."
It has been 36 days since the Las Vegas shooting that took the lives of 58 people. Some country musicians responded to the tragedy with sympathy, prayers, sadness and shock.
I performed in New Braunfels, TX last wk. My heart goes out to the sweet people nearby who don’t deserve this. #guncontrolnow
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) November 5, 2017
It's Beyond Words at this point. God Bless all the Victims and all there Loved Ones. God Bless US all pic.twitter.com/ZkSE2ZV7z0
— Colt Ford (@coltford) November 6, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to those families in the church shooting in my home state of Texas!
— Chase Bryant (@chasebryant) November 5, 2017
Thoughts and prayers with everyone in Sutherland Springs, TX. Heartbroken
— Eric Paslay (@ericpaslay) November 5, 2017
— Jana Kramer (@kramergirl) November 5, 2017
Praying for the folks in Texas who were suffered a satanic attack in their church today
God help us the worlds gone crazy!
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 5, 2017
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 5, 2017
Our hearts are truly hurting for the victims, families, & communities affected in today's mass shooting. This world can be terrible
— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) November 6, 2017
My love is being sent to everyone in Texas!! God bless you all!
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) November 6, 2017
Not sure what to say about all these https://t.co/iC1vbE3c3Q
— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) November 6, 2017
Watching the footage and my heart is absolutely broken... when will this violence end?!
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) November 6, 2017
I love you Texas! 😔
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) November 6, 2017
Eli Young Band
Praying for everyone in Sutherland Springs, TX today. Unspeakable and heartbreaking!
— EliYoungBand (@EliYoungBand) November 5, 2017
William Michael Morgan
Sending love, prayers and support to those injured in the Texas church shooting and to the families of those killed.
— WilliamMichaelMorgan (@wmmorgan) November 5, 2017
good God. another mass shooting. so freaking sad. people can't even worship.
and yet nothing, again, will be done to help prevent others.
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) November 5, 2017