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N.D., Minn. governors order flags to half-staff in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton have directed government agencies to fly U.S. flags and the flags of their respective states at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

The governors' directives were in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump.

In a statement, Dayton said a Minnesotan, Philip Aurich, was critically wounded in the attack.

"The terrible attack in Las Vegas has shocked and horrified the conscience of every American," Dayton said. "I urge all Minnesotans and all Americans to call upon our own best natures, put aside our differences, and work for an end to this insane violence."

In a news release Burgum said, "With heavy hearts, we grieve the victims of this tragedy, send our thoughts and prayers to their families and friends and express our gratitude to the first responders and law enforcement officers for their swift action."

At least one North Dakotan, Andrew Gudmunson of Minot, a former University of North Dakota baseball player, was hurt in the shooting, according to UND athletic director Brian Faison.

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