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‘Enough Is Enough': Tri-State Officials React to Mass Shooting at Texas Church

More than two dozen people were killed in the shooting at a Texas church, officials said

Tri-state officials are responding to the deadly mass shooting at a church in Texas on Sunday morning.

At least 26 people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting, a local sheriff said. About 20 more were injured. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he joins “all New Yorkers in mourning this senseless tragedy.”

“These mass shootings have become appallingly and unforgivably common in our society, but we must not become numb to tragedy,” Cuomo said in the statement. “We cannot accept mass shootings as part of who we are -- this can and must stop.”

The governor went on to say: “In the memories of those we lost today in Texas, and last month in Las Vegas, and last year in Orlando, and all across this nation, we must come together and say: enough is enough.”

Mayor de Blasio took to Twitter to express his condolences to the victims and their families.

“New York City prays for the town of #SutherlandSprings and mourns the tragic loss of life in so sacred a place,” he tweeted.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, whose state suffered one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, also responded in a statement, saying Connecticut will provide any resources necessary to those affected by the tragedy.

“Sutherland Springs now joins a club which no one wishes to join, a club made up of cities and towns ravaged by senseless gun violence — communities such as Littleton, Virginia Tech, Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Newtown, and so many others,” Malloy said.

“For the sake of all communities across the country, this madness of mass shootings needs to end once and for all,” he continued. “Congress needs to finally take up and pass commonsense gun control measures so that tragedies like this one never happen again.”

Gun control became a hot topic for the candidates for New Jersey governor on Sunday, with just two days to go until the election. 

“Horrific news out of Texas,” Republican candidate Kim Guadagno wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers are w/ the people of Sutherland Springs and the law enforcement officers who responded.”

Phil Murphy, the Democrat running for New Jersey governor, took on the topic at a campaign event. 

“Who said it was time for those 58 people to lose their lives?” he said of the Las Vegas shooting victims. “Or those folks at church today. Now is exactly the time to talk about gun safety.”

Meanwhile, authorities in the tri-state were ramping up security at some locations as a precaution. Nassau County police said they’ve intensified patrols in areas of concern. “We are monitoring this attack along with federal, state, and local authorities,” the agency said.

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