Archbishop José H. Gomez' Statement on California Shooting which left 11 Dead "...we pray for peace." FULL TEXT

On January 21, while Lunar New Year celebrations in the US state of California were taking place, a man shot ten people in a dance club in Monterey Park, among a large Asian community. The 72-year-old gunman killed 10 people, 10 were hospitalized and 1 more has died, bringing the death toll to 11 in the Star Ballroom Dance Studio. The shooter committed suicide before his arrest.  According to the Associated Press, the suspect was found dead on January 22nd, apparently having died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a white van. Authorities say he fled in the van after people stopped his attempt at a second shooting in the Lai Lai Ballroom. Los Angeles County Sheriff, Robert Luna, identified the man as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, and said no other suspects were at large. The sheriff said the motive remained unclear for the attack. Sheriff Luna added that all those killed appeared to be over age 50. (with info from Vatican News and CNN)
The Archbishop of Los Angeles issued a statement:
Statement on Last Night’s Mass Shooting at a Monterey Park Dance Club Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
January 22, 2023
With the whole family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I am praying for the victims of this violence.
We pray for those killed and injured in this shooting, we ask that God stay close to their families and loved ones. We pray for the wounded to be healed, and we ask that God give strength and guidance to the doctors and nurses who are caring for them.
We ask that God grant wisdom and prudence to law enforcement and public officials working to make sense of the violence and keep our communities safe.
And we pray for peace. Peace in the hearts of those who are troubled. Peace in the hearts of those who are afraid and hurting today, and peace for those whose faith has been shaken.
We pray also for peace in our own hearts. We pray that we might feel God’s love and know that he will deliver us from every evil.
We ask Our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us, to be a mother to us in this hour of pain and uncertainty. May she help us to care for those who are suffering and to be healers and peacemakers in our world.