Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has released this statement in response to the deadly shooting that took place at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday:

“This morning we are all trying to make sense of this senseless act. This is pure evil. It’s infuriating. Mankind’s capacity for evil is horrific.

I’m enraged by this ungodly act and my heart breaks for these families. I hurt for them.

To happen in a place of worship is unconscionable. They were opening their hearts to God and lifting their concerns up to Him.

Every American needs to take a few minutes today, and in the days to come, to pray for the families of those murdered last night. They all need the comfort and peace only God can provide and we should all pray they will find it.

We also need to ask everyone who might know this suspect to have the courage to come forward and help the police apprehend him. Justice must be done and this killer must face the consequences of his awful actions. This monster needs to hunted down and brought to justice.”