Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012, 5:00 PM EST
Published : Friday, 14 Dec 2012, 4:39 PM EST
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags flown at half-staff to honor victims of the Newtown school shooting.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning left 26 people, including 20 children, dead. Authorities said a gunman, also now dead, opened fire inside the school.
At a fire station near the scene, a flag already was at half-staff.
Malloy said his order will be in effect until burial services for the victims.
President Barack Obama also ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.
The attack appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.