Sutherland Springs overwhelmed by attention following mass shooting
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS- In a town of less than 700 people, many are still shaking after Sunday’s deadly church shooting.
“I was shaking the entire time,” said Lagena Garcia who lives right across the street from First Baptist Church.
Garcia was baptized at the church when she was younger. On Sunday she was at home, as the gunshots went off. Ultimately, 26 people from the small town of Sutherland Springs were killed.
“It sounded like a hammer repeatedly,” said Garcia. “I was like there's no way someone's wrist could hammer that viciously.”
When Garcia heard the gunshots, she didn’t immediately know what to think. However, it didn’t take too long for her to realize someone was shooting rapidly nearby.
“I had my 3 kids and 2 guns with me in the bathroom in case some shooting started,” said Garcia. “I could protect my children.”
Media trucks from stations across the country, and the world, have setup shop in the small Texas town. Highway 87, the main roadway through Sutherland Springs, remained lined with reporters late Tuesday night.
“It's a reminder of everything,” said Sandra Shaw who has lived in Sutherland Springs her whole life. “The people, I'm sure they're still in shock.”
Volunteers have been arriving from all over the state and country to help out victims and families impacted. We spoke with one couple who drove up from Victoria, Texas. A town recently hit by Hurricane Harvey.
“Just knowing what we went through, we wanted to come and help them,” said Thad Parker a volunteer from Victoria. “Comfort them, and just be the hands and feet of Christ.”
Many people we spoke with feel overwhelmed by all of the attention. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to pay a visit on Thursday.