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Obama orders flags lowered for shooting victims

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September 16, 2013 05:45 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama is ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor victims of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

A proclamation Obama signed Monday says flags should be lowered immediately and will remain there until sunset on Friday. The proclamation applies to all public grounds, military posts and naval vessels, plus U.S. embassies and outposts overseas.

Authorities say a former Navy man launched an attack inside a building at the Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.