What Austinites are saying about the Orlando nightclub shooting

Family members wait for word from police after arriving down the street from a shooting involving multiple fatalities at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Family members wait for word from police after arriving down the street from a shooting involving multiple fatalities at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

After the early Sunday morning mass shooting in Orlando left 50 people dead and 53 others injured, Austin politicians, celebrities and community members have taken to social media to express their reactions and condolences.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been receiving ridicule for a Bible verse tweet this morning that his office said was previously scheduled. Other Texas politicians did tweet in direct response to the shooting.

Members of the Austin Police Department came together on Twitter, starting with Chief Art Acevedo’s tweet that said “As Americans we need to stand in solidarity.”

There was also a post from actor Elijah Wood, who has lived in Austin since 2013. So far, he is one of the few local celebrities that has posted about last night’s events.

Austin Pride has organized one of two vigils taking place in Austin tonight. Highland Lounge, an LGBT-friendly bar in Austin, shared the event which will take place at the Texas State Capitol from 6 to 7 p.m. Both Austin Pride and LGBT bar Cheer Up Charlie’s shared GoFundMes to raise money for the victims.

People of the Austin community have shared their concerns about Austin’s annual Pride event. This year’s celebration will take place during Pride Week, starting August 20.

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