Attack on Texas shoppers to be handled as domestic terrorism

Flowers adorn a makeshift memorial near the scene of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert is ordering all U.S. and Utah flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the weekend's two mass shootings.

Herbert's office announced Monday morning that the flag lowering in memory of the victims of shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, will take effect immediately.

In a statement, Herbert says Utah residents grieve alongside those who lost loved ones in "these senseless and vile shootings."

Flags at state buildings and public grounds will stay lowered from sunrise until sunset through Thursday.

Individuals and businesses are also encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff.

The two shootings killed 31 people total and left dozens wounded.

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