Trump orders flags to be flown at half-staff, representatives react to Ohio shooting


Around 6 a.m. Sunday, 10 people, including the suspect, were confirmed dead, according to police

DAYTON, Ohio (WYTV) – Early Sunday morning, shots rang out in the Oregon District in Dayton.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday, 10 people, including the suspect, were confirmed dead, according to police.

He ordered flags all flags to be flown at half-staff later Sunday afternoon. That order will be until after sunset on August 8.

Here is the entire proclamation:

“Our Nation mourns with those whose loved ones were murdered in the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and we share in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks.  We condemn these hateful and cowardly acts.  Through our grief, America stands united with the people of El Paso and Dayton.  May God be with the victims of these two horrific crimes and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible acts of violence perpetrated on August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas, and on August 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 8, 2019.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred forty-fourth.”

President Trump released statements on Twitter early Sunday morning.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi also took to Twitter Sunday morning.

Presidential hopeful and Ohio Representative Tim Ryan asked Congress to reconvene in Washington.

“Mass shootings in America have become the norm. Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy communities are reeling and we are responsible. We can’t continue to offer up the same condolences again and again with no action to protect our communities. These acts affect every American family, our children are taught to shelter in place in our schools, our public spaces feel suffocating with escalating security barriers and feelings of unease. That is why I’m calling in Congress to immediately end its August recess and reconvene in Washington to take up a package of legislation meant to stop these acts of horror and other acts of gun violence that affect every single American.” 

Senator Sherrod Brown says thoughts and prayers are not enough.

“As Ohio wakes up this morning to the news of this horrific attack, Connie and I are filled with sadness for the victims and their families and gratitude for the police officers who responded to the scene and the medical professionals caring for the injured. We are also angry – angry that shooting after shooting politicians in Washington and Columbus refuse to pass sensible gun-safety laws to protect our communities. We are still learning about the attack in Dayton and we don’t know exactly what, if anything, could have prevented this specific tragedy. But we know thoughts and prayers are not enough, we have a responsibility to act. My office stands ready to assist the Dayton community with whatever is needed to investigate and recover from this attack.”

Senator Rob Portman thanked the officers.

“I went to bed with a heavy heart because of El Paso and woke up to the tragic news from Dayton.  These senseless acts of violence must stop. While we are still learning more about the details of this tragedy in Montgomery County, we are praying for the victims and their families and thank the officers who responded so quickly and bravely.  I am talking to local leaders and law enforcement officials this morning. First and foremost, let’s get all the facts and help the community heal.”

Governor Mike DeWine took to Twitter Sunday to offer prayers to the victims.

DeWine says he was briefed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and has ordered that all flags in Ohio will remain at half-mast.

Ohio Attorney General sent out a statement Sunday.

“Today is a day of sorrow and grief. Darlene and I are praying for the victims and their families. I am grateful for the first responders who acted swiftly to de-escalate the situation – they are true heroes. The resources of my office, including BCI and victim services, stand ready to assist the city of Dayton.”

Governor John Kasich says these acts of violence are becoming too common.

“We are all devastated to learn of what happened early this morning in Dayton. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and I commend the brave first responders who acted so quickly to save lives. As we saw yesterday in El Paso, these horrific acts of violence are becoming too common in our communities and it’s well past time that our leaders take steps to find sensible solutions to reduce this gun violence.”

Representative of Montgomery County, Mike Turner says his daughter was in the Oregon District when the shooting began.

Elizabeth Warren, who is running in the presidential election, says she is heartsick from the lives lost.

Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris from California released a statement over Twitter.

Pope Francis offered prayers for the dead and injured from the three mass shootings in Ohio, Texas and California.

Police are currently investigating.

The suspect has not been identified.

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