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Posted: November 06, 2017

Texas church shooting: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Sutherland Springs

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a visit to Military & Commercial Fasteners Corporation in Manchester Township, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Dawn J. Sagert/The York Dispatch via AP)

By Eric Webb, Austin American-Statesman

In the wake of the church shooting that left 26 dead in Sutherland Springs, Vice President Mike Pence announced Monday on Twitter that he will make a trip to the Texas town later this week.

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Pence said that he will travel to Texas on Wednesday. Second lady Karen Pence will join him on the trip. Pence tweeted that he will meet with families, the injured and law enforcement.

“We are with you Texas,” he wrote.

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President Donald Trump is currently on his first presidential trip to Asia. In Tokyo on Monday, Trump said that Sunday’s mass shooting wasn't "a guns situation" but instead a “mental health problem at the highest level.”

On Sunday, a gunman opened fire on First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, leading to what Gov. Greg Abbott called the deadliest shooting in modern Texas history. Among the reported dead are 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy, the daughter of the church’s pastor, and an 18-month-old child. In addition to the 26 confirmed dead, more than 20 were injured.

The suspected shooter, New Braunfels resident Devin Patrick Kelley, was later found dead. Preliminary details from investigators indicate that the 26-year-old likely took his own life.


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