Flags Fly at Half Staff at City Hall

President Trump ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to remember the 12 victims of Friday's mass shooting in Virginia

FILE PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News

U.S. flags, including the one at South Pasadena City Hall, were flown at half-staff Monday following an order by President Trump to remember the victims of Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

In a statement released by the White House on Saturday, the president said he was ordering the action as a “mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence.”

The order for flags to be flown at half-staff will continue through sunset on Tuesday.

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Twelve people were killed and four injured when a longtime city-government employee fired on his co-workers at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Authorities say it was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States this year. It brought back solemn memories of a dozen people losing their life at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California last November.

Confusion and panic ensued once the shooting in Virginia Beach started, some people running away from the scene while others barricaded themselves inside offices to avoid the gunfire.

The suspect was wounded in a gun battle, and, although officers attempted to keep him alive, he died en route to the hospital.

Eleven of the 12 victims were City of Virginia Beach employees.

Mayor Bobby Dyer told the Virginia-Pilot newspaper that the attack involved “our friends, co-workers, neighbors, and colleagues” and the incident was “the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.”