Governor Abbott Orders Flags at Half-Staff for El Paso Shooting Victims
During the aftermath of the shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statement and ordered Texas flags across the state lowered to half-staff for the victims and their families.
The national media says 20 people have died with dozens injured as a result of the shooting. Governor Abbott has ordered the flags to fly at half-staff through the end of the day Thursday.
Our partners at KWTX News 10 report one suspect is in custody at this time. Police told the press that person has been identified as Patrick Crusius (21-years-old) who is said to live in the Dallas area. Officials say Crusius used a rifle during the El Paso shooting.
Read the Governors statement below:
The El Paso community was struck by a heinous and senseless act of violence today. Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to the entire community in this time of loss. As such, it is fitting that flags should be lowered immediately to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives.
Therefore, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code, I direct the Texas flag be immediately lowered to half-staff statewide on Saturday, August 3, 2019, in memory of those who lost their lives. Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Flags should be returned to full-staff on the following day.
Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect.
The First Lady and I extend our prayers of comfort to the survivors and the families of the victims and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.