Evangelist Franklin Graham called a Christian elementary school shooting "evil" on Monday and urged his followers to pray for the victims and their families.
“There is evil in the world, and that’s what we saw walk into that school today — evil,” Rev. Franklin Graham said.
Police shot and killed Audrey Hale, 28, but not before she shot and killed three nine-year-old students and three staff members at the school, including the daughter of the affiliated church's senior pastor.
“Our hearts break for the families who lost loved ones in the elementary school shooting today outside of Nashville. Reports say that 6 people were killed at The Covenant School, 3 children and 3 adults,” said the famous evangelist on his Facebook page.
Graham added that he has “deployed 10 Billy Graham Rapid Response Team crisis-trained chaplains to be there and minister to the people of this community."
“The Bible says, ‘The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,’” Graham continued, a reference to Psalm 34. “Will you join me in praying for the families, students, school staff, and all those who are mourning this tragedy?”