Trump condemns 'horrific shooting', says 'our hearts are broken'

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 06 2017 10:22 AM | Updated as of Nov 06 2017 10:23 AM

US President Donald Trump speaks about the shooting in Texas during an event with US and Japanese business leaders at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Tokyo, Japan. Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

TOKYO - US President Donald Trump on Monday condemned what he described as a "horrific shooting," after 26 people were killed in a rampage at a Texas church.

"This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of worship. Our hearts are broken," Trump said on a visit to Japan.

"We pull together, we join arms ... through the tears and the sadness we stand strong," added the president, addressing business leaders on day two of his Asian trip.

A gunman stormed into a Baptist church during Sunday morning services and killed at least 26 people.

The shooter, whose motives were not immediately clear, was dressed all in black and wearing a ballistic vest, authorities said.

Though officials did not identify the gunman, multiple media outlets named him as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, adding that he had been dishonorably discharged from the Air Force.

He also died in the assault.