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'ENOUGH IS ENOUGH' Family of 'Emanuel 9' reacts to Texas church shooting

Chris Singleton (WCIV)

He spoke about his mother's death at Emanuel AME Church just one day after the tragic shooting at the downtown Charleston sanctuary in 2015.

Chris Singleton is now commenting publicly once again about a deadly shooting inside a church.

Singleton posted a series of tweets on Sunday, just hours after officials say a man fired shots outside and inside of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

The church is located 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas.

Authorities say the gunman was armed with an assault rifle when he killed 26 people. The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72.

"Hard to breathe thinking that 20 more people were killed in a place of worship," Singleton tweeted. "Gun violence is REAL & needs to be STOPPED!!!"

Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the gunman as Devin Kelley.

An Air Force spokeswoman said records confirm Kelley received a bad conduct discharge after being court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his spouse and child.

"If this doesn't upset you about our laws on gun control then nothing will. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!," Singleton tweeted.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. described the scene inside the church as "terrible."

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the attack.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation, says the gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police.

"The Lord blessed us with free will and at times like these I am destroyed by the things people do with it. ?? #TexasShooting," Singleton tweeted.

Singleton formerly played baseball as a member of the Charleston Southern University team. His mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was killed in the Emanuel AME Church shooting.

Malcolm Graham also lost a loved one on that tragic day. His sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, was among those killed in 2015. He tweeted several times as the events unfolded in Texas.

"My heart is broken again, praying for Sutherland Springs, Texas," Graham said.

Graham called on policy makers to do more than simply offer condolences in the wake of the latest shooting in Texas.

"Thoughts & prayers are great sound bites but it’s time for our lawmakers to do something regarding semi auto weapons & gun laws," Graham said.

Several current and former lawmakers from South Carolina were among those to publicly offer prayers of condolences after the shooting.

"Heartbreaking news out of Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with #SutherlandSprings," Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted.

Nikki Haley is the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She was Governor of South Carolina when officials say Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church.

"Praying for the families of Sutherland Springs. A church is the most sacred of places. No words," Ambassador Haley tweeted. The ambassador included a photo of First Baptist Church.

The wife of the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs says the couple's 14-year-old daughter was among those killed in a mass shooting at the church.

Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter "and many friends" in the Sunday shooting.

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.


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