Mass Shooting at Texas Church Sparks Mourning, Outcry: ‘We Can Do Better Than This’

Trump tweets that he is monitoring from Japan after more than 20 people are killed at a church in Sunderland Springs

Prominent figures from both Hollywood and Washington, D.C., expressed their sadness and outrage at the latest mass shooting to hit America, after more than 20 people were shot dead on Sunday at a Baptist church in Sunderland Springs, Texas.

President Donald Trump, who just began a lengthy foreign policy trip in Asia, offered his prayers to those affected and said that he will continue to monitor the situation from Tokyo.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott also expressed their condolences, along with Hollywood figures like Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Stephen King, Sophia Bush and Sarah Silverman.

According to media reports, a lone gunman wearing combat gear entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, just outside of San Antonio, and opened fire.

Initial reports said that at least 27 people were killed, including at least one child, and another 30 were injured.

Texas authorities confirmed that the suspect was also killed; his identity and motive were not immediately known.

Several actors in Hollywood have frequently called for stricter gun regulation and condemned the National Rifle Association in the wake of recent mass shootings, most notably the one that occurred last month at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas that killed 59 and wounded hundreds more in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

A similar reaction could be seen in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy in Texas.