Flags at the US Capitol and the White House were lowered to half staff Tuesday to memorialize five US service members murdered in a Tennessee shooting last week. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Capitol flags would be lowered. The White House lowered its flag later in the day.
“We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life,” the President’s statement read. Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith were killed by a gunman named Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, who was killed by police.