US President Donald Trump has ordered the flags at the White House, all public government buildings and facilities abroad to be lowered to half staff until sunset on August 8.
This is to mourn the 29 people who died from a series of shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday and early Sunday.
A proclamation released by the White House described the shootings as “hateful and cowardly acts”
“We share in the pain and suffering of all those injured in these two senseless attacks,” the president’s statement said.
Saturday’s shooting at an El Paso shopping center left at least 20 people dead and 26 injured. Law enforcement say they are treating the case as domestic terrorism.
El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza said the suspect, who has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, faces capital murder charges and will be eligible for the death penalty.
The shooter in Dayton, who killed nine people in a popular nightclub on Sunday, has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts.
FBI and local law enforcement authorities have served a search warrant at the shooter’s family home in Bellbrook.