Raimondo directs flags in RI to fly at half-staff to honor California shooting victims

Rhode Island State House (WJAR)

American and Rhode Island state flags were at half-staff Thursday in honor of 12 people who were shot and killed at a country music bar in Southern California.

Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine dressed all in black, opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill before apparently taking his own life.

Gov. Gina Raimondo asked Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect for those who were killed.

“Once again, millions of Americans woke up this morning to news of another horrific mass shooting," Raimondo said in a statement. "My heart breaks for the victims and their families -- their grief is unimaginable.”

Raimomdo went on to say that she and her husband, Andy, are keeping the victims in their thoughts and prayers.

“But thoughts and prayers aren't enough,” she said. “Like many Americans today, I'm angry. I'm angry that our leaders in Washington have repeatedly failed to take action on gun safety. I'm angry that innocent lives were lost. There can be no more waiting. The time for change is now.”

Flags across the Ocean State will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday.

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