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McCrory orders flags lowered after Orlando shootings

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has ordered American and state flags on state property lowered to half-staff through sunset on Thursday in memory of those killed in the Orlando nightclub shootings.

Police say a gunman killed at least 50 people in the worst mass shooting in American history.

McCrory calls the shootings a tragedy that should never happen in America and those that were killed were "innocent victims of an inexcusable act of violence."

Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says that in the midst of the tragedy, the true character of the nation is seen in the bravery of first responders and in the long lines of people donating blood.

He says America won't be intimidated by what he called the "cowardly acts of evil" of ISIS terrorists.

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