Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags be displayed at half-staff until Thursday to honor the victims of the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
“We are heartsick to hear the news out of El Paso and Dayton,” Whitmer said. “Gun violence is a public health crisis in our country, and we need to come together and take action to make sure firearms don’t end up in the hands of someone who wants to hurt themselves or others. My heart is with the loved ones of the victims and the residents and first responders of Texas and Ohio.”
There were two mass shootings on Saturday, first at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with a gunman who allegedly wrote a white supremacist manifesto killing 20 people and injuring at least two dozen more. Later that day, another gunman opened fire outside a bar in Dayton, killing at least nine and injuring at least 27 people in just 30 seconds.
The governor’s office said the state of Michigan “remembers the victims and stands in solidarity with residents of the Texas and Ohio.”