Gov. Doug Burgum today directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset on Friday and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for the victims of Sunday’s tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The governor’s directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued today by President Donald Trump.
“Kathryn and I extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this horrific act of violence in Las Vegas,” 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.”
Sen. John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night:
“Mikey and I are praying for the victims of this senseless act of violence, especially for North Dakotan Andrew Gudmunson who was injured in the shooting. We are grateful for the law enforcement and first responders who bravely ran to assist those in need. Also we must keep all of the families of the victims in our hearts and prayers.”
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., issued the following statement:
"Kris and I offer our prayers and deepest condolences to the victims and their families of the Las Vegas attack - and specifically the victims in attendance from North Dakota. After witnessing unexplainable acts of evil, it's easy to only see hatred in this world. Images of pain and anguish online and in the media strike at our very core, and we rightfully grieve for our fellow citizens affected by this tragedy. But for all the wickedness on display today, take heart in knowing the unwavering goodness by most will never be overshadowed by the evil of the very few."
A number of North Dakotans witnessed the mass shooting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas:
• Andrew Gudmunson, a real estate agent from Minot, was shot and has survived his first surgery.
• Beau and Adrianne Flom, of Fargo, were physically unharmed.
• Matt and Chris Myrvold, of Fargo, were physically unharmed.
• Jon and Lisa Hanson, of Fargo, were physically unharmed.
• Brian Schmidt, of Bismarck, was physically unharmed.
• Hallie and Kris Johnsrud, of Watford City, no injuries
• Kayla Koch and Brett Wold, of Watford City, no injuries
• Michelle Slaughter, of Hebron, no injuries
• Heidi Barman, of Dickinson, no injuries