The Associated Press article Birmingham, Alabama—Alabama’s Republican Party is taking its lead from the state’s Republican Governor Mike Hubbard in calling for calm after the shootings at the historically black church.
The Republican State Committee released a statement on Monday afternoon urging everyone in the state to be safe and to remain vigilant.
“We call on everyone in our state to exercise caution in all aspects of their lives and remain vigilant for anything suspicious,” said the statement.
Hubbard has said he believes the shootings were racially motivated.
It is not clear if the shootings have anything to do with recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Earlier Monday, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange told Fox News he was in the middle of the investigation into the shooting, but that the state is taking it very seriously.
Strange has been criticized for not taking action in the wake of the Charlottesville killings, as the governor has suggested, and his office issued a statement Monday afternoon that said, “We will continue to cooperate with the FBI in any way we can.”
Republican Governor Mike Huckabee said the shootings should be viewed as “a national tragedy” and that the U.S. is “still at war.”
“We are working to get to the bottom of what happened, we are not at war.
We are still at war, and the people of Alabama need to know that, too,” Huckabee said.
“I’m sure that we will be doing everything we can to get this situation under control.”
Huckabee said the FBI would be working with the Alabama Attorney Generals Office and local law enforcement.
In a statement released by Alabama Attorney Gen. Luther Strange, the GOP said, “…
The Republican Party of Alabama stands united in our condemnation of these senseless acts of violence against innocent people.
We call for a swift and thorough investigation and to ensure that this type of senseless violence does not occur again.”
The statement continued, “The American people must be assured that we stand united in condemning the senseless acts against our fellow citizens and calling for a peaceful resolution.
A federal investigation will determine if this is an act of domestic terrorism.
This is a federal investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed.”
This story has been updated.