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Arizonans express shock over Navy Yard shooting

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Arizonans joined the nation in mourning the loss of 13 people after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.

The 34-year-old suspect is among the 13 who are dead. Law enforcement officials are seeking a potential second subject.

Gov. Jan Brewer ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered until sunset Friday. She encouraged all Arizonans to join in the tribute.

"With the entire nation in shock and sorrow over today's heinous mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, I ask that all Arizonans join me in prayer for the victims, their loved ones and everyone affected by this senseless rampage," Brewer said in a statement.

"Let us pray also for the first responders and medics as they tend to the wounded, and for members of law enforcement as they work to piece together this tragedy."

Capt. Mark Kelly, co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, issued the following statement:

"Gabby and I are holding the victims of today's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in our thoughts and prayers, and we know that nothing will bring solace to the families who lost loved ones. As the hours and days pass, Americans should match their anger and sadness with gratitude for the sailors, Marines, civilians and first responders who are acting with courage today and support for the injured who have such a long road ahead. Gabby and I have been there. In times like this, it's the ultimate affirmation to have a nation behind you. 

"And as proud members of the Navy family, we take note of the tragic fact that this terrible attack on men and women who dedicate themselves to keeping America safe did not occur in a war overseas -- but in a mass shooting here at home."

U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, (R-AZ), issued the following statement:

"Today's tragic events remind us how precious life is and the fragile nature of freedom, which is guarded by patriots like those at the Navy Yard. Tonight, our prayers go out to the families of these brave Americans."

Monday's rampage is the first mass shooting at a military installation since the Fort Hood incident on Nov. 5, 2009.

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