Texas church shooting
Worshipers attend service at the temporary First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas, Nov. 12, 2017. The service was held in a tent on the site of the town's baseball field. Residents of the community are still trying to heal following the shooting at the original church building, Nov. 5, 2017. Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered his prayers to the people involved in the shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that killed at least 26 people after a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service on Nov. 5 at First Baptist Church in the area which is a small community located east of San Antonio.

People on social media were quick to react to the president's tweet commenting that he might have been a little late to react to the incident as it happened a week ago. Some even said that Trump should concentrate on the Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore situation that is in the news currently than what was supposed to be addressed a week ago. Moore was accused of having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32-year-old, according to a Washington Post report.

When the shooting took place last week, the president and his wife first lady Melania Trump were in Japan as part of a five-nation, 12-day tour of Asia. The president had then tweeted saying: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan."

First lady Melania Trump also tweeted a simple message in the wake of the shooting: "Our hearts are with Texas."

The number of deceased at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, the small town 30 miles south-east of San Antonio, made the killing one of the worst mass shootings in modern Texas history and also one of the worst gun rampages in recent years. The gunman had been found dead after he was chased by locals and police across county lines.

"There are so many families who have lost family members, and it occurred in a church, in a place of worship," the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, had said during a press conference on the evening of the shooting. "That’s where these people were mown down. We mourn their loss," the Guardian reported.

23 worshippers died inside the church, two outside and one after being taken to a nearby hospital. Several others who had been injured were still being treated after the shooting occurred. The ages of the deceased ranged from five to 72 years.

On Nov. 5, at about 11.20 a.m. EST, the suspect, who was described as a white male in his early 20s, was seen at a gas station over the road from the church.

He was reportedly dressed all in black in tactical-style clothes including a ballistic vest. He was said to have crossed the road and began firing as he approached the church and entered the place of worship.

After the shooting rampage, as he was leaving the church, he had been engaged by a local resident carrying a rifle. The shooter dropped his weapon and escaped from the scene.

He was pursued by police and just as he reached Guadalupe County, Texas where his vehicle veered off the road. He was found dead in the car, it was not known whether he had been killed by his own hand or had been shot by a local resident.