Flags to fly at half-staff after California massacre
Gov. David Ige has ordered that the U.S. and Hawaii flags fly at half-staff at the state Capitol and at all state offices and agencies until sunset Saturday as a sign of respect for the victims of a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
“My heart breaks for the families of the victims of this tragedy, and I am hoping for a speedy and complete recovery of those who were injured,” Ige said. “Hawaii’s connections to California are strong, and we grieve along with the Thousand Oaks community.”
According to authorities in Southern California, a Marine combat veteran opened fire Wednesday night during college night at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, killing a dozen people and sending hundreds fleeing in terror. The assailant apparently took his own life.
The Associated Press reported that the gunman had a Hawaii connection.
Ian David Long, 28, was in the Marines from August 2008 to March 2013. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.
Long was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months, from Nov. 16, 2010, to June 14, 2011.