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Iowa leaders react to Cornerstone Church shooting in Ames

Iowa legislators took to social media to react to the Ames shooting that left three dead.

AMES, Iowa — Three people were killed in a shooting outside of Cornerstone Church on Thursday night. One of the three dead is the alleged shooter, according to the Story County Sheriff's Office.  

Cornerstone Church hosts The Salt Company, an Iowa State campus ministry that meets weekly. Thursday night marked the start of the ministry's "Summer Salt" sermons; the event was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Cornerstone Church, Iowa State University and state leaders took to social media to respond to the shooting. This story will be updated as more responses come in.

Cornerstone Church of Ames

"Tonight, a tragic shooting occurred involving two young members of our Cornerstone Church community. It is believed that an adult male shot these two victims and then took his own life. Due to the ongoing investigation, we are not able to give any details at this time. We can say, however, that we are more than saddened by the events that transpired. Our hearts break for all involved, and we are praying for everyone affected, especially the family of the victims. Our Ministry staff are available to support all those impacted, and we will continue to fully cooperate with authorities as they complete their full investigation.

We sincerely appreciate the responsiveness of the Story County Sheriff's Department, Ames PD, and all Law Enforcement Officials who have handled this matter with exceptional professionalism and compassion. Please join us in praying for all affected and their families.

Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted”. Right now, we are brokenhearted and we need God to draw near to us. For anyone interested, we will be holding a prayer service tomorrow, June 3, 2022, at 10 AM, at Cornerstone Church of Ames, 56829 US HWY 30, Ames, IA, 50010. All are welcome to attend in-person or join us online at cornerstonelife.com/live."

Iowa State University (June 2)

"We are saddened to learn of the shooting that occurred this evening, June 2, in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church in Ames. We know many in our campus community attend services and are members of the church. This is a tragic loss and our condolences are with the families and friends of the victims. As we wait to learn more about what happened, we ask that everyone extend care and compassion to one another."

June 3 Statement

"We are heartbroken to learn of the deaths of two Iowa State University students who were killed last night outside of Cornerstone Church in Ames. Eden Montang was a senior in the College of Human Sciences from Boone and Vivian Flores was a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from West Des Moines. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends.

Our hearts are also with the other students who were at the church at the time of the shooting. We know many others in our community attend services or are members at Cornerstone."

Gov. Kim Reynolds

"Tonight’s act of senseless violence took the lives of two innocent victims at their place of worship. Kevin and I grieve for the families who have suffered an unfathomable loss." 

"And while the investigation continues and we learn more, we ask that Iowans pray for the victims and their families, the members of Cornerstone Church, and the entire Ames community."

Ames Mayor John Haila

"On behalf of the Ames City Council, I want to express my deepest sympathy to the friends and families of the victims killed Thursday at Cornerstone Church. Our thoughts go out to the Iowa State University community where Eden Montang and Vivian Flores were students.

This tragic event creates unbearable sadness and confusion during already troubling times. When confronted with difficult, complex problems, we need effective solutions to combat violence. As a community and as a country, we must work together to create an environment where hurting others is never an acceptable solution. These are not times to lose hope, but to unite and move forward.

As we process the grief, shock, and horror of this event, understand the hard work is still ahead. Together, we must find a way out of the darkness because we want a safer community, a stronger city, and a better future."

Sen. Chuck Grassley

"Barbara and I are lifting up Cornerstone Church community in prayers tonight. Churches shld b a place of worship not violence. Violence is always wrong /Im closely monitoring developments in Ames as we learn more details."

Sen. Joni Ernst 

"I’m closely following the situation in Ames. I’m grateful for our first responders and am praying for all involved and the entire Cornerstone Church community."

Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-3)

"My prayers are with the victims of tonight’s shooting, their families, and the people of Ames. Enough is enough. I am working with my colleagues in Congress to pass federal gun safety measures.  The time to act is now." 

Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-1) 

"All Iowans are grieving with the Cornerstone Chuch community tonight. I am horrified and heartbroken by this senseless tragedy — no one should feel unsafe in their place of worship. I am grateful for law enforcement and will continue monitoring this situation."

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-2)

"I and all of Iowa grieve over this horrendous and senseless act of violence and mourn the loss of innocent lives. We will support these families and the community of Ames while we learn the details of this tragic crime." 

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