DFA: No Filipino hurt in San An­to­nio at­tack

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FILIPINO was hurt in the deadly at­tack in San An­to­nio, Texas, the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) said Mon­day.

For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Philip­pines ex­pressed its grief over the deaths of 26 peo­ple who were mas­sa­cred by a lone gun­man while at­tend­ing church ser­vices in San An­to­nio on Sun­day.

“We are sad­dened by this unimag­in­able tragedy in San An­to­nio that took the lives of many in­no­cent men, women, and chil­dren,” he said in a state­ment

“The Filipino peo­ple grieve with the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent,” Cayetano said as he also of­fered prayers for the speedy re­cov­ery of 20 other church­go­ers who were re­ported wounded in the shoot­ing.

In a re­port by the Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in Los An­ge­les, he said said none of the 7,400 Filipinos in San An­to­nio were re­ported to be among the dead and wounded in the in­ci­dent that took place in the small town of Suther­land Springs out­side San An­to­nio.

Con­sul Gen­eral Ade­lio An­gelito Cruz said a lone gun­man walked in­side the First Bap­tist Church past 11 a.m. and fired his ri­fle at peo­ple at­tend­ing church ser­vices there. The gun­man fled im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent and was later found dead with a gun­shot wound in­side his ve­hi­cle.

Author­i­ties are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, which 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 the in­ci­dent, which has been de­scribed as the worst mass killing in United States his­tory.

(SDR/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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