Nathan Deal calls for state flags to fly at half-staff

5:19 AM, Dec 15, 2012   |    comments
Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. (Photo by Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) - Flags in Georgia will fly at half-staff to mourn the victims of a deadly school shooting in Connecticut.Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an order Friday requiring that U.S. and state flags be lowered at state buildings and grounds until sunset on Dec. 18.


Deal says the residents of Georgia share the grief of the family and friends of those who were killed and injured in Newtown, Conn.


Authorities are also taking extra precautions at schools in the metro Atlanta area in the wake of the shooting.


Gwinnett County Police announced they're planning to provide extra presence in and around schools to prevent copy-cat incidents.


Connecticut police say 27 people died in the shooting Friday, including the gunman. Authorities say one person was killed at a second scene.

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