Texas lawmakers react to mass shooting at church

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Texas lawmakers say their hearts are heavy following the church shooting in Sutherland Springs. Republicans and Democrats alike say they will focus on lifting up the tight-knit community devastated by the unthinkable.

"I think once we see what happened here, you’re going to see heroes," said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar represents the quiet community in mourning over a Sunday attack at a Baptist church. He says his staff is on the ground, supporting Sutherland Springs.

"We want to provide some assistance to the funerals because some of those people don’t have the money and some of those had more than one," said Cuellar.

During Sunday service, the suspected gunman, Devin Kelley, opened fire on dozens of worshipers - victims included small children and the elderly.

“What I’ve been doing and my family has been doing is just praying for the community, praying for that church and the pastor," said Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX).

Republican Congressman Jodey Arrington says this murderous rampage leaves many questions...but he sees one source for comfort.

"Jesus said in this world, you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world," said Arrington.

Officials say the suspected gunman had a history of domestic abuse. Investigators say he received a dishonorable discharge from the military.

"We’re going to find out if there’s anything that could’ve been done, that should’ve been done to prevent it," said Arrington.

Although this incident raises questions about federal gun laws and regulations, both Cuellar and Arrington say they want to wait for all of the facts to come out before considering any legislative changes.

For now the lawmakers are focused on supporting the victims and their loved ones.

"We’re going to be there. We’re going to come out of this strong and it hurts right now and I feel for those families," said Cuellar.

Tonight, the Air Force released a statement saying the information about Kelley's dismissal was not entered into the appropriate federal database for background checks.

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