The Governors in Arkansas and Louisiana have ordered the state and American flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims killed in the Las Vegas shooting.
Over 58 people were killed when a lone gunman opened fire during a music festival Sunday night.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued this statement:
“It’s hard to fathom the horrific shooting in Las Vegas overnight, with 50 killed and hundreds more wounded. It was a senseless, murderous act, and my heart and prayers are with the families, as well as the first responders.
“This tragic incident reinforces and accelerates the necessity of effective security plans at major public events.”
The United States Flag and the state flag of Arkansas will remain at half-staff until sunset, Friday, October 6, 2017.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued this statement:
“My heart is heavy this morning as we all woke up to terrible news both here in Louisiana and in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last night, a Lafayette police officer was fatally shot while on duty. Words are never enough to show gratitude to those who pay the ultimate price while carrying out their oath to protect and serve. We are forever grateful for this officer’s service to our community.
“Louisianans have experienced the heartbreak of horrific, calculated violence in recent years and our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones and those who sustained injuries during last night’s attack in Nevada. In the wake of evil and hardship, communities across our country come together and demonstrate the inherent goodness in people. Donna and I continue to pray for the family of the slain officer here in Louisiana and for the people of Las Vegas and offer our assistance to help in any way we can.”
Gov. Edwards will issue an executive order lowering the Louisiana and American flags over all state public buildings effective today, Oct. 2, 2017 through Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.