The flags in West Hollywood will fly at half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. President Biden issued a Proclamation that the flag be flown at half-staff starting immediately today until sunset, on Monday, March 22, 2021. The City of West Hollywood has lowered its flags accordingly.
The proclamation by the President of the United States of America reads as follows:
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, 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, March 22, 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.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR
Eight people were killed when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Four people were killed in Acworth, a suburb north of Atlanta and less than an hour later, four women were killed in two shootings in Atlanta. Six of the victims are women of Asian descent.
Authorities arrested a suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, after a brief manhunt. He was charged on Wednesday with eight counts of murder in connection with the attacks and one count of aggravated assault in connection with the shootings. Four of the murder counts and the assault charge stem from the first shooting, in Cherokee County, and the other four murder counts relate to the shootings at two spas in the city of Atlanta.