Ducey orders flags to half-staff after Florida school shooting

Feb 15, 2018, 10:37 AM
A security guard lowers the U.S. flag to half staff at the Broward Health Medical Center on Thursda...

A security guard lowers the U.S. flag to half staff at the Broward Health Medical Center on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. An undisclosed number of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are patients at the facility. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

(AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at state office buildings Thursday be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of a school shooting in Florida.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and everyone impacted by this horrific tragedy,” Ducey said in a release. “In honor and remembrance of them, flags at all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, Feb. 19.”

Ducey’s order was made shortly after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation to fly all flags on public buildings, military facilities, diplomatic sites, naval vessels and other locations at half-staff.

At least 17 people were killed in a shooting at a southeastern Florida high school on Wednesday. Should the number of fatalities hold at 17, it would be the fourth-deadliest school shooting in United States history.

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Another 14 people were injured. As of Wednesday night, at least five victims were in life-threatening condition.

“It’s catastrophic,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. “There really are no words.”

The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was taken into custody. He was a former student at the school and had been expelled for disciplinary reasons.

Cruz was allegedly armed with an assault-style rifle and had numerous magazines.

A motive is unknown.

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Ducey orders flags to half-staff after Florida school shooting