Flags flying half-staff in Gilroy to honor shooting victims

Local events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001

Flags around Gilroy will be lowered to half-staff until sunset
Friday in remembrance of the victims of recent shooting in Tucson,
Ariz., City Facilities Superintendent Rick Brandini said.
Flags around Gilroy will be lowered to half-staff until sunset Friday in remembrance of the victims of recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz., City Facilities Superintendent Rick Brandini said.

Flags at City Hall and the Gilroy Police Department have already been lowered, and a request to lower flags at other city operated facilities was sent out Tuesday morning, Brandini said.

The request follows a proclamation from President Barak Obama and a message from California Governor Jerry Brown’s office that all state agencies lower their flags in honor of the six people who were killed Saturday at a rally to support Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

Federal Judge John Roll was one of the six victims. Fourteen others were wounded.

Jared Loughner, 22, is suspected of planning and carrying out the shooting and made his first appearance in federal court Monday.

Giffords was shot in the head but was breathing on her own as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.

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