In the wake of the mass shooting early Sunday morning at an Orlando gay nightclub, Gov. Bill Walker ordered all Alaska flags be lowered in honor of the victims of the shooting.
In the attack, a lone gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub and killed at least 50 people and injured at least 53 more. The suspected gunman reportedly died as well. The attack is reported to be the worst attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks.
The order from Walker followed a directive from the White House to lower all U.S. flags nationally in remembrance. Walker issued a press release following the shooting.
“Many of us are still in shock after this morning’s attack in Orlando,” Walker said. “This terrible act of violence has claimed more than 50 lives, and the effects reach beyond Florida. We here in Alaska stand with our fellow Americans against this act of terrorism.”
All United States and Alaska flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Thursday, June 16 in accordance with both President Obama and Governor Walker.