President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted expressing his deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the victims and the US nation.
“Saddened by the
#sutherlandsprings,Texas church shooting. Our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the victims and the US nation,” the President tweeted.
Authorities identified the shooter as Devin Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, which is about 35 miles from Sutherland Springs.
The investigation into his background is unfolding. The suspect’s Facebook profile appeared to show a picture of an AR-15 –style gun. A LinkedIn account that is believed to be associated with the shooter suggested that he had a military background.
Among those killed at the First Baptist Church was a 14-year-old girl named Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at the church.
Paul Buford, a pastor at a church just a couple of miles away in Sutherland Springs, told KSAT-TV that his congregation was in the middle of their service at River Oaks Church when they started getting calls about the shooting.
Members of his church who are first responders rushed out while the rest of the congregation immediately started praying. (Colombo Gazette)