Colombo, Nov 6 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Monday, said he was deeply saddened by the deadly shooting in Texas which left 26 people killed and several others injured.
In a message on his official Twitter account, Sirisena offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the United States nation.
At least 26 people were killed and 20 others wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.
The US government called the attack the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.
The shooting suspect has been identified as 26-year-old, federal law enforcement sources told CBS News.
On Sunday night, authorities only identified the suspect as a young white male. They said he was seen dressed in all black and tactical gear — including a “ballistic vest” — at a local gas station at 11:20 a.m. He then exited his vehicle, crossed the street and began firing an AR-15 style weapon at the church, officials said. The suspect entered the church and continued to fire.
As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his gun and pursued the suspect, who dropped his weapon and fled the scene.
The suspect was later found dead inside his vehicle. Officials are unsure if he was shot by a resident or suffered a self inflicted gunshot wound, said Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
(With inputs from CBS news)