By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government has expressed its grief over the mass shooting at a church in a small town in San Antonio, Texas that resulted in the killing of at least 26 people on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
“We are saddened by this unimaginable tragedy in San Antonio that took the lives of many innocent men, women and children,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement released Monday.
In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles said no Filipinos were among those killed or hurt when a lone gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town located some 34 kilometers southeast of Downtown San Antonio.
The Consulate General in Los Angeles, which has jurisdiction over Texas, said there are around 7,400 Filipinos living in San Antonio area.
Consul General Adelio Cruz said a lone gunman walked inside the First Baptist Church past 11 a.m. and fired his rifle at people attending church services there. The gunman fled immediately after the incident and was later found dead with a gunshot wound inside his vehicle.
US law enforcers identified the suspect as 26 year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the Air Force. The suspect was later found dead inside his vehicle.
Authorities are still investigating the incident, which has been described as the largest mass shooting in Texas history.
This latest shooting came a little over a month after a lone gunman killed 58 concert goers outside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
More than 546 people were also injured in the incident, which has been described as the worst mass killing in United States history.
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