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Flags to fly at half staff for Highland Park parade shooting victims

U.S. and State of Wyoming flags being flown at half-staff (Gregory Hirst, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon is ordering the U.S. and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff immediately in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Highland Park, Illinois, parade shooting.

The order comes from President Joe Biden, a governor’s office news release states, and flags should be flown at half-staff through sunset Saturday, July 9.

The gunman who attacked an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago fired more than 70 rounds with an AR-15–style gun that killed at least six people, then evaded initial capture by dressing as a woman and blending into the fleeing crowd, police said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force told a news conference that the suspected shooter, who was arrested late Monday, used a high-powered rifle “similar to an AR-15″ to spray bullets from atop a commercial building into a crowd that had gathered for the parade in Highland Park, a close-knit community on the shores of Lake Michigan that has long drawn the rich and sometimes famous.

More than 30 people were wounded in the attack, which task force spokesperson Christopher Covelli said the shooter had planned for several weeks.

Investigators who have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not determined a motive for the attack or found any indication that he targeted anyone by race, religion or other protected status, Covelli said.

Authorities have not filed criminal charges.

Additional reporting in this story comes from the Associated Press.