Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been one of the country’s most prominent voices against gun control laws, has issued a statement saying he will speak with church leaders, a day after a gunman killed 49 people and wounded at least 21 others in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The statement came after a meeting with parishioners, including the pastor of a church that was targeted by the shooter.
“As Americans, we must all do our part to stop this type of violence,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“In our communities, we can show solidarity by not only standing with one another, but by showing up for one another.
We can stand together in support of one another by doing our part, in every way possible, to help one another heal.”
Zuckerberg said he will continue to hold daily church meetings with church members, and that he will share his thoughts and prayers with church officials.
The gunman opened fire outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens more.
He has been charged with six counts of murder, and police have not disclosed any other details.
The shooter’s motive is unclear, but law enforcement officials have said he was angry about the country being divided.
The shootings have prompted calls for tighter gun laws in the United States, and calls for stricter gun control in the U.K. and Australia.
The shooting comes a day before the 50th anniversary of the June 7, 1966, bombing of the U,S.
Capitol that killed three people and injured more than 200 others.
The attack on the U Capitol, which the U is commemorating on Sunday with a candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C., also prompted the formation of the United Nations Security Council, the highest level of U.N. oversight.
The U.S. has had stricter gun laws since the Columbine school shootings in 1999, when 14 students were killed in a high school cafeteria.
“I know that I have to take a moment to reflect on what happened,” Zuckerberg said.
“We are all Americans, and our safety and security is our highest priority.”
The shootings were the deadliest mass shooting in U.W. history.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.