(BIVN) – Hawaii Governor David Ige has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I am shocked and terribly saddened by the news of an unbelievable act of mass murder in Las Vegas,” said Gov. Ige. “We call it The Ninth Island because we have so many family and friends living there, and most of us have visited for entertainment or for business. Today we grieve with those who have lost loved ones and pray for the injured.”
Hawaii residents awoke on Monday morning to news that the number of people killed at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival had risen to over 50, with over 500 injured. The shooter, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired on the music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Paddock was later found dead. It is now the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
“Today, our hearts are with the people affected by this tragedy, and with all of Las Vegas,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “But warm words are not enough. Thoughts and prayers won’t stop this from happening again. It’s time for Congress to finally stand up against gun violence and take action so this never happens again.”
At the direction of the President of the United States, Governor Ige announced that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff starting Monday, October 1, 2017 at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i. The flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset, October 6, 2017.