by North American Division News, courtesy Adventist Review
Shortly after a gunman fired on crowds in a Walmart and its parking lot in El Paso, Texas, United States, on August 3, 2019, local Adventist Community Service Disaster Response (ACS DR) leader Marshall Gonzales reached out to W. Derrick Lea, North American Division (NAD) ACS DR director, to ascertain how ACS could be of help. According to news reports, twenty-two people were killed and dozens injured in the Walmart shooting.
On August 6, Lea met with American Red Cross and Emergency Management contacts overseeing the Family Assistance Center for the families affected by the horrific shootings in El Paso.
ACS DR is also poised to help as needed in Dayton, Ohio, following another mass shooting that transpired several hours after the El Paso shooting. In downtown Dayton, nine people were killed and 27 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a popular street early Sunday morning, August 4.