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Residents React To Sutherland Springs Shooting

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Sutherland Springs is a tight nit community 80 miles northwest from Victoria.

We spoke with a resident of the rural town who lives only a mile away from the first baptist church. On the morning of the shooting, Rick Vance, describes hearing what sounded like pops and mistook it for fireworks. It was only when his landlord called him and said that there was a shooting at the church did he realize what it was he heard was gunfire. For Rick, the violence that impacted their community, was dumbfounding.

"We're country folk," Vance said. "I mean these are people that have lived in the community for years, that rely on what that pastor has to say on Sunday morning. And they take that stuff to heart. Now I feel sorry for him and his wife because they lost their daughter in this. I had a friend of mine's sister get shot...or a friend of mine's sister's wife got shot as well. Just the whole thing, it don't make sense. It just don't make sense."

Vance then called on our States and nations leaders to take the necessary steps to ensure this this type of tragedy doesn't happen again.

For residents of this town, life will never be the same, when they see the first baptist church they will forever be reminded of the lives lost on November 5th.

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