President Trump, elected officials comment on Florence shooting

October 4, 2018

FLORENCE —President Donald Trump, Gov. Henry McMaster and others sent sympathy to the Florence community after Wednesday’s shooting.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sherriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in South Carolina. We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement officers do 24/7/365,” Trump said on Twitter.

Gov. Henry McMaster also took to Twitter following the news.

“This is simply devastating news from Florence,” McMaster said. “The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real. Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence.”

Other officials, including U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Tom Rice and U.S. Senator Tim Scott, sent their condolences to the fallen and their support to the Florence community.

“Heartbroken over the shooting involving the Florence area police officers. God bless those who choose to protect us and their families. We are keeping them in our prayers,” Graham tweeted.

“Just spoke to Florence Mayor Steve Wukela about the status of the shooting. What a horrific incident. We stand by ready to help in any way we can. May God bless the fallen and those who are suffering,” Graham later tweeted.

“This is absolutely devastating,” Rice tweeted. “We are staying updated and sending our prayers to the police officers and their families.”

“Prayers with injured officers in Florence and their families,” Scott said on Twitter.

Sen. Hugh Leatherman said he heard about the incident when he was on the floor of the senate Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s really a tragedy for our community,” Leatherman said. “What I see, we’re a pretty simple southern, small community. I do think it’s wonderful to see the outpouring of support for the victims and their families; we have to have people rally around them during this tough time. I hope we can put this behind us, but it is certainly a tough time for our people and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.”

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