Flags at Half-Mast Worldwide to Honor Shooting Victims
President Joe Biden orders flags in US public buildings to be flown at half mast to honor victims of California shooting
In response to the deadly shooting in Monterey Park, California, President Joe Biden ordered on Sunday (01.22.2022) that flags on public buildings across the United States be flown at half mast until January 26.
A White House statement labeled this move as a sign of respect for the victims of the “senseless acts of violence.” Los Angeles police then later announced that the suspect in the shooting, Huu Can Tran, 72, had taken his life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sheriff Robert Luna has stated that no other suspect was present, and investigations are still ongoing to determine the motives of the attack.
The US president issued a statement saying that both he and first lady Jill Biden were praying for the victims of the shooting. He noted that there were still many unanswered questions about the cause of the attack, but that the families affected by it were either mourning or praying for their loved ones to recover from their injuries.
In the lead up to the horrific shooting, Thousands of people had congregated in Monterey Park to celebrate the Chinese New Year, though the event has now been cancelled.
President Joe Biden had previously urged people in the area to follow the instructions of local officials and law enforcement. He continued by affirming that his thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.