After a despicable shooting Saturday that killed seven people and shook Odessa and Midland Texas communities, first responders coping with the tragedy had some help from Chick-fil-A workers who fed the first responders.
This comes amid Kansas University demanding that the Chick-Fil-A on their campus be removed. The University called the restaurant, “bastions of bigotry,” in a letter last week to college administrators.
On Saturday, a man that Odessa police identified as Seth Ator, 36, who had been fired from his job that day, opened fire on police in Midland after a traffic stop. Then Ator drove through Midland and Odessa on a killing spree until police confronted him and killed him in a shower of gunfire, CNN reported.
In addition to the seven people killed, 22 people were injured.
Word of the incident reached the Chick-fil-A on University Boulevard in Odessa, prompting an early closing to allow families to be together. The store posted its message on Facebook explaining what happened when the call came to help.
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“Blown away by this amazing team of people. After tragic events in our community today, we planned to close early and send our team home to be with their families. As they were walking out of the restaurant an opportunity to feed local law enforcement presented its self and they were given the option to help…not one person said no,” the store wrote on Sunday.
“Partnering with Chick-fil-A Odessa Town Center they cooked 500 sandwiches and packaged them with the most joyful hearts and a lot of love,” the post read.
“Sometimes, the light in a dark world looks as simple as a hot chicken sandwich. We couldn’t be prouder of these helpers and their hearts of gold.”
The post noted that the community is trying to heal.
“Grateful is not an adequate word to express how we feel about all of our brave First Responders; they are true heroes. We are praying for our community in the days ahead and for all of those impacted by this tragedy,” the post read.