Trump calls church shooting 'act of evil'

2017-11-06 05:28
Mona Rodriguez, Jayanthony Hernandez, 12, and Juanita Rodriguez, from left, participate in a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. (Laura Skelding, AP)

Mona Rodriguez, Jayanthony Hernandez, 12, and Juanita Rodriguez, from left, participate in a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. (Laura Skelding, AP)

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Tokyo - US President Donald Trump says a Texas church shooting that left 26 dead was an "act of evil" and promised his administration's full support to the investigation.

Speaking to US and Japanese business leaders in Tokyo on Monday during his Asian trip, Trump expressed his sorrow over what he called a "horrific shooting" at a "place of sacred worship".

Trump said that "our hearts are broken but in dark times - and these are dark times - such as these, Americans do what they do best".

READ: Local media report that several people have been shot at a church in South Texas

He said Americans will pull together to help the suffering and he pledged to continue monitoring the investigation during his lengthy Asian tour.

The attack happened on Sunday morning when a man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community, killing 26 people and wounding at least 16 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state's history.

READ: Worst mass shootings in the modern United States

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also offered his condolences, saying on Twitter: "I offer my deepest condolences for those who lost their lives in the incident that occurred in the US state of Texas."

He added: "My thoughts are with those who suffered injuries in the incident."

The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of a hotel-casino, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500.

Trump travelled to Las Vegas several days after to meet with families of victims and first responders.

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