EXCLUSIVE: President Trump issues proclamation, orders flags at half-staff to honor victims of bar shooting

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Following the deadly massacre at a nightclub in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday evening, President Trump has ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff until sunset on November 10th, in honor of the victims.

A former Marine, now identified as Ian David Long, 28, reportedly entered the Borderline Bar & Grill shortly before midnight and gunned down 12 people before then killing himself.

According to reports, Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011. In April, police were called to Long’s home after a disturbance was reported, and found him “irate and acting irrationally,” leading to a crisis intervention team being summoned. However, the team said they didn’t feel Long qualified to be taken into custody, and cleared him, officials reported on Thursday.

An estimated 150 to 200 people were reportedly in the nightclub when Long entered and began shooting. In addition to those slain, another 15 to 20 people were injured trying to escape.

Among the dead is a veteran sheriff’s sergeant who was responding to the shooting.

Below is the full proclamation published on the White House website:

As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018, 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, November 10, 2018. 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 eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


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