Flags to fly at half-staff af­ter Cal­i­for­nia mas­sacre

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Gov. David Ige has or­dered that the U.S. and Hawaii flags fly at half-staff at the state Capi­tol and at all state of­fices and agen­cies un­til sun­set Satur­day as a sign of re­spect for the vic­tims of a mass shoot­ing in Thou­sand Oaks, Calif.

“My heart breaks for the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of this tragedy, and I am hop­ing for a speedy and com­plete re­cov­ery of those who were in­jured,” Ige said. “Hawaii’s con­nec­tions to Cal­i­for­nia are strong, and we grieve along with the Thou­sand Oaks com­mu­nity.”

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, a Ma­rine com­bat vet­eran opened fire Wed­nes­day night dur­ing col­lege night at a coun­try mu­sic bar in Thou­sand Oaks, killing a dozen peo­ple and send­ing hun­dreds flee­ing in ter­ror. The as­sailant ap­par­ently took his own life.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that the gun­man had a Hawaii con­nec­tion.

Ian David Long, 28, was in the Marines from Au­gust 2008 to March 2013. He was as­signed to the 2nd Bat­tal­ion, 3rd Ma­rine Reg­i­ment, Third Ma­rine Divi­sion in Ka­neohe Bay, Oahu.

Long was de­ployed to Afghanistan for seven months, from Nov. 16, 2010, to June 14, 2011.

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