MASS SHOOTING: Oregon reaction

There is Oregon reaction today from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to the mass shooting inside a night club at Orlando, Florida.

“My heart, and the hearts of all Portlanders, goes out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Orlando,” Hales said. “It is shocking, horrifying, unacceptable; we must stand together in support of our LGBTQ communities.

“Next week is Portland’s Pride Parade and Festival. I’m calling on all Portlanders to hold our LGBTQ community close, and come out in a show of force against terrorizing people because of who they love.”

Hales made the statement to KOIN following what officials are now calling the worst mass shooting in America’s history. Officials said at least 50 people were killed and 53 people injured in the shooting early Sunday.

Police identified the shooting suspect as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mateen died in a gun battle with police after holding dozens of hostages inside Pulse, a popular gay nightclub.

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden released this statement concerning the shooting:

“Senseless, horrible attack and tragedy in Orlando. My prayers are with the victims, their families and the people of Orlando.”

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement:

“Shocked by unimaginable, horrific tragedy in Orlando. My heart is breaking for the victims & their families.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued the following statement concerning the mass shooting in Orlando:

“Tragically, what we are waking up to in the United States today is that the growing number of mass shootings in the U.S. increases the number of Americans with a personal connection to a Roseburg, a Charleston, a Columbine, and now, an Orlando.

“Two days ago I participated in Umpqua Community College’s commencement exercises just nine months after 10 lives were lost in a mass shooting on its Roseburg campus. As we celebrated UCC students reaching a major milestone, we also honored the community’s resiliency.

“I call upon us as a state to move beyond the political debate about gun control and instead bring responsible gun owners and community advocates together to find solutions. We must take action to better protect community safety.

“My thoughts are with the victims in Orlando, their loved ones and families, and I extend my sincere gratitude to the first responders. As Oregonians, we share in the pain and mourning reverberating across the United States and world today.”

On Sunday, June 12, Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16 in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting.