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Flags Ordered to Half-Staff for Victims of Illinois Parade Shooting

July 5, 2022, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated July 5, 3:29 PM
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At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff immediately, until sunset on Saturday, July 9, as a mark of respect for the victims­­­­­­­­­­­ of ­the Highland Park shooting in Illinois.

On the Fourth of July, a gunman attacked an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least seven people.

A spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force told a news conference that the suspected shooter, who was arrested late Monday, used a high-powered rifle “similar to an AR-15″ to spray more than 70 rounds from atop a commercial building into a crowd that had gathered for the parade in Highland Park, an affluent community of about 30,000 on the Lake Michigan shore.

“I join our nation in mourning the victims whose lives were cut short by this unspeakable tragedy. On behalf of the State of Hawai‘i, I express my deepest condolences to the victims’ families and the Highland Park community,” Ige said.

President Joe Biden’s proclamation can be found here.

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