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Church shooting: Trump praises ‘heroes’, Texas laws for saving lives
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Church shooting: Trump praises ‘heroes’, Texas laws for saving lives

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Washington, Dec 31: US President Donald Trump has credited Texas gun laws, which allow residents to carry arms into places of worship, for saving more than 240 people during a shooting in a White Settlement, Texas, church on Sunday.

In a tweet on Monday evening, Trump wrote that "lives were saved" by "heroes," including an armed parishioner identified by multiple news outlets as Jack Wilson, who is credited with stopping the shooting.

"Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the congregation of yesterday’s church attack," Trump tweeted.

"It was over in 6 seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers. Lives were saved by these heroes, and Texas laws allowing them to carry arms!" he added.

Two people were killed and a third was hospitalised after Sunday's shooting, which was reportedly stopped by Wilson and others inside the church who returned fire at the shooter.

Other Republicans, including Texas Lt Gov. Dan Patrick (R), also have praised Wilson and other congregants in recent hours, with Wilson saying at a press conference on Sunday, "They were well trained. The heroism today was unparalleled."

Wilson and others were allowed to carry guns inside the church because of a Texas law that went into effect in September, prompted by a 2017 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that killed 26 people.

The measure allows Texans to carry guns into places of worship. (UNI)