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Flags at half staff to honor victims of Virginia Beach shooting, 12 victims dead; gunman shot by police

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump, and with respect for victims of Friday’s tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff until sunset on June 4 to honor the victims and their families.

On Friday afternoon, after notifying his superiors that he intended to quit, DeWayne Craddock, an engineer who had worked for the city for 15 years opened fire in a Virginia Beach Municipal Center building, killing 12 people. Craddock, 40, was shot and killed by police officers, according to news reports. He was a former soldier, armed with two handguns and plenty of ammunition.

Eleven of the victims were city employees. One was a contractor who was at the building to get a permit.

Four other people are in the hospital in critical condition.

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag to honor the victims and families of this tragedy.

Flag status information is available at this website.

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