US President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered flags to fly at half-mast over government buildings at home and abroad in memory of the eight people killed in a shooting near a train depot in San Jose, California. This is stated in a written statement issued by the White House of the head of state.
“It is my sacred duty to once again give the order to lower the flags just a few weeks after it was done because of the shooting in massage parlors in Atlanta (Georgia) and its surroundings, in a grocery store in Boulder (Colorado), in a house in Rock Hill (South Carolina) and a warehouse of [postal company] FedEx in Indianapolis (Indiana),” -said the head of the White House.
The flags of the United States will be flown at half-mast over the White House, all state buildings and territories, as well as overall embassies, military bases, and ships until May 30.
“That’s enough. I once again call on Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end the epidemic of gun violence in America. Every life taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our people. We can and should make more efforts,” Biden said. Law enforcement agencies are investigating San Jose to determine the motives of the shooter, who, according to American media, committed suicide. Initially, it was reported that the police eliminated the criminal. At least one victim of the shooting is in the hospital, doctors assess his condition as critical. The FBI is involved in the investigation of the circumstances of the incident.