No Filipino was hurt in Texas gun rampage – Consul General

Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz Photo © Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles California

NO ONE from the more than 7,000 Filipinos residing in San Antonio, Texas was hurt in the recent gun rampage that claimed the lives of 28 people.

This was confirmed by Los Angeles based Philippine Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz in a Facebook post as where he also condole with the victims of the tragedy which also wounded 20 other people.

Cruz, at the same time, relayed the sympathy expressed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to victims of the tragedy.

“We are saddened by this unimaginable tragedy in San Antonio that took the lives of many innocent men, women, and children,” Cayetano said in a statement released by the Philippine foreign affairs office.

“The Filipino people grieve with the families of the victims of this unfortunate incident.”
The shooting happened happened Sunday in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town outside San Antonio.

Reports said Devin Patrick Kelley, 26 of New Braunfels, Texas walked inside the First Baptist Church past 11 am. and fired his rifle at people attending church services there.

Kelley fled immediately after the incident and was later found dead with a gunshot wound inside his vehicle.

On Monday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Freeman Martin dispelled speculations that the massacre was racially motivated or that it was committed over religious beliefs.

Martin told the media that prior to the attack, Kelley has sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law who was a member of the church. He added that the carnage was apparently linked with the domestic situation going on within the said family.

The incident has been described as the largest mass shooting in Texas history.
The San Antonio shooting came a little over a month after a lone gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

More than 546 people were also injured in that incident, which has been described as the worst mass killing in United States history.

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