(NEXSTAR) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to fly at half-staff through Monday as a mark of respect for the victims of Wednesday’s shootings in Maine.
Thursday’s order applies to flags within Michigan’s Capitol complex and upon any public buildings and grounds. Whitmer’s office also encouraged other residents and organizations in Michigan to display the flag at half-staff.
Flags will be returned to full-staff Tuesday, according to the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor.
“In the wake of yet another unthinkable tragedy, our hearts go out to the people of Lewiston, Maine,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Michiganders know the pain and heartache Mainers are feeling all too well, and we stand with them during this difficult time. … We must come together to enact sensible gun safety measures and ensure that the constant threat of gun violence no longer defines us.”
Whitmer’s order is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden.
Thursday morning, Biden ordered the U.S. flag to fly at half-staff at the White House, public buildings and grounds, military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels throughout the country until sunset on Oct. 30.
Authorities were continuing massive search efforts for the man they say shot and killed 18 people and injured 13 others at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, late Wednesday.
During a Thursday morning press conference, Maine Gov. Janet Mills said the shooting suspect, Robert Card, is considered armed and dangerous and warns people not to approach him. Card was described as a firearms instructor believed to be in the U.S. Army Reserve and assigned to a training facility in Saco, Maine.
After the shooting, police, many armed with rifles, took up positions while the city descended into eerie quiet — punctuated by occasional sirens — as people hunkered down at home. Schools as far away as Kennebunk, more than 50 miles from Lewiston, closed out of caution on Thursday. And schools and public buildings were closed in Portland, the state’s largest city.
A shelter-in-place advisory was issued Wednesday night for Androscoggin County. That included the community of Lisbon, about 8 miles away, after a “vehicle of interest” was found there, authorities said. It was extended Thursday to Bowdoin, which is in Sagadahoc County.
Mills earlier released a statement echoing instructions for people to shelter. Biden spoke by phone to Mills and the state’s Senate and House members, offering “full federal support in the wake of this horrific attack,” a White House statement said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.