INDIANAPOLIS, Ind– Public figures, officials and lawmakers in Indiana reacted Sunday to the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.
Officials say 50 people died at at least another 53 people were injured when Omar Mateen of Ft. Piece, Florida, attacked them at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Mateen reportedly called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mention the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
As word spread of the terror attack, officials in Indiana reacted with their thoughts and condolences:
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued this statement and called for flags to be flown at half-staff:
“Today, Indianapolis mourns yet another act of senseless violence against innocent Americans. When confronted with these far-too-common moments of tragedy, we owe it to the victims and families to honor their lives and reflect on those things we can all do to promote love over hate, and peace over violence,” Hogsett said in a statement. For that reason, I ask that other state and Marion County officials join me in calling for the flying of our county flags at half-staff this week.
“May our heavy hearts breed compassion, may our sorrowful prayers bring healing, and may our nation’s tears resolve us to action against that ‘mindless menace of violence’ that continues to plague this country.”
Indy Pride also issued this statement:
“Yesterday our community celebrated loudly with the Circle City IN Pride Festival. Today, we reflect on the lives lost in a senseless act of violence in Orlando, Florida. While the details are still being discovered, what we know is that the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community were lost at Pulse Nightclub,” said a statement from Indy Pride. “These are the lives of our brothers and sisters. These are the lives of people who were likely celebrating like us last night. These are the lives that show us that our journey as a community is far from finished.
“While this act of violence can create fear within the LGBTQ+ community, we must not let the lives lost be in vain. Today is a moment for us to unite as a community to mourn the loss in Orlando and to illustrate to the world that we are not scared to be who we are and to love whom we love.”