(Salem, OR) — In honor of the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Va., Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at public institutions throughout Oregon be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
“Words cannot express the sense of loss yet another tragic shooting brings to Dan and me,” Governor Brown said. “No one should have to face the fear of gun violence anywhere, and especially not at work, at school, or at their place of worship.”
Governor Brown joined the rest of the country in mourning the death of 12 local government workers inside their office building in Virginia Beach, Virginia Friday morning. The gunman, who also worked for the city, entered the building heavily armed and then opened fire on his fellow workers, killing 11 of them, including another person in a car in the parking lot. Virginia Beach Police arrived while the carnage continued on multiple floors, cornered the shooter and after a wild firefight killed the gunman. No police officers were injured although one of the shooter’s bullets hit one officer who, fortunately, wore a combat vest that stopped the bullet.
The shooter was described by surviving co-workers as a quiet, “few-words” kind of guy who, they said, was the last person they’d expect to act-out in such a deadly way. Investigating officers said his nearby apartment had surveillance cameras pointing out several upstairs windows.
The U.S. has by far the highest gun ownership rates among the developed world.