PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of the Rhode Island State Police and the state health and human services chief have reached out to public safety officials in Connecticut to offer assistance after the mass school shooting in Newtown
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) says Police Chief Col. Steven O'Donnell and Health and Human Services Secretary Steven Costantino have offered the ‘‘full support and services’’ of the state of Rhode Island.
Chafee called the shootings a ‘‘horrendous crime.’’ At the direction of President Barack Obama, he has ordered all U.S. and Rhode Island flags to fly at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday.
Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed at a Newtown elementary school. It was the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting.