Gov. Spencer Cox lowers flags in honor of victims of Indianapolis, Indiana shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 16, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) —¬†Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah on all state facilities to honor the victims of the mass shooting Thursday in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Flags should be maintained from sunset Friday to sunset on Tuesday, said a news release from the Office of the Governor. Private citizens and businesses are encouraged to participate as well.

A proclamation from President Joe Biden says: “As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the federal government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2021.

“I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

Indianapolis police said in an update Friday that they’re still trying to determine a motive for a shooting that killed eight people at a FedEx warehouse.

Officials identified the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who was last employed by FedEx in 2020, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said.

The assailant shot several people at the warehouse Thursday night and killed himself inside the building before police entered, McCartt told reporters in a news conference. Hole was armed with a rifle, he said.

Officials said four people died outside the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center and all eight were pronounced dead at the scene. Five of the injured are in the hospital and another has an injury unrelated to the gunfire.

McCartt said the shooter randomly targeted people as soon as he got out of his vehicle in the parking lot, and there was no confrontation with anyone before the gunfire started.

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