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Flags lowered to honor Navy Yard shooting victims

Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public buildings across the state lowered to half-staff to honor victims of Monday’s shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard.

Flags will stay at half-staff until Friday, Sept. 20.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their friends during this very difficult time,” Kitzhaber said. “While there's much we don't yet know about this tragedy, we are comforted by the quick reaction of first responders who were once again called to action.”

A dozen people were killed, eight people were injured and shooting suspect 34-year-old Aaron Alexis died in a shootout with police during a rampage that began at about 8:20 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Sept. 16 in the headquarters for Naval for Sea Systems Command, where nearly 3,000 people work.

Armed with a semi-automatic rifle and at least one handgun, law enforcement officials said Alexis entered the command building and began firing.

Early in the day, President Obama ordered flags at federal buildings to be flown at half-staff until Friday. Kitzhaber's declaration followed the president's national order.