Flags Flying Half-Staff After California Bar Attack

Northwest Iowa — Flags in northwest Iowa and across the nation are at half-staff today after a deadly attack at a bar in California.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Saturday, November 10, 2018, “to honor the murdered and injured in Wednesday’s tragedy in Thousand Oaks, California.”

The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s order to lower all United States flags to half-staff for the same length of time. President Trump’s order said that the half-staff is “a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018”

Governor Reynolds ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

The suspect in the mass shooting at a Southern California bar has been identified. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says the suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long. Long is believed to have killed himself late Wednesday after shooting and killing 12 people at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks.

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