Obama calls for moment of silence at 11 a.m. Monday for victims of Arizona shootings

Los Angeles Times

President Obama has ordered a moment of silence and for flags at U.S. public buildings and military facilities to be flown at half-staff for the victims of the shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the White House announced Sunday.

At 11 a.m. EST on  Monday, “I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., including those still fighting for their lives,” Obama said in a prepared statement. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

Six people, including a federal judge, were killed in the Saturday attack. Fourteen people, including Rep. Giffords, were injured.

Giffords on Sunday was listed in critical condition after brain surgery.


Obama also ordered that flags be flow at half-staff until sunset on Friday.