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President, governor order flags to half-staff for newspaper shooting victims

President, governor order flags to half-staff for newspaper shooting victims

Donald Trump has declined a request from a Maryland mayor to fly American flags at half-staff in honor of the five Capital Gazette journalists who were killed last week.

A gunman, identified as Jarrod Ramos, opened fire inside the newsroom.

Hiaasen and his slain colleagues - Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters - were remembered in stories, poems, prayers and songs at a "celebration of life" ceremony Monday evening. Annapolis, MD Mayor Gavin Buckley told the Gazette Monday that he was upset by Trump denying his request.

Prosecutors say the attack, carried out with smoke grenades and a pump-action shotgun, was motivated by a vendetta after the defendant unsuccessfully sued the newspaper in a defamation case.

But Buckley, a Democrat, tells the Sun that the scope of the tragedy at the city's newspaper merited more than that.

But Trump's decision will no doubt raise eyebrows due to his numerous comments attacking the press during his presidency.

Five Capital Gazette employees were gunned down in their newsroom on June 28.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, called Buckley Tuesday to inform him they will indeed be lowering the American flag.

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Ramos, who is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, apparently had a longstanding grudge against the local newspaper.

"[Trump] is well aware his rhetoric against the media, calling them fake news, the enemy of the people and more creates a risky situation", Amy Siskind said on Twitter.

When Ramos resumed contacting the woman in January 2011, she went to the police again, obtaining two misdemeanor criminal harassment charges and also a peace order prohibiting Ramos from contacting her. Ramos pleaded guilty in July 2011 to harassment.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed. Is there a cutoff for tragedy?"

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley made the request over the weekend in an effort to keep the tragedy front-of-mind for people in the United States, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Tom Marquardt, the newspaper's former editor and publisher, told NPR Ramos's behavior disturbed him enough to contact police in 2013.

"At this point in time, it would start to polarise people and I don't want to make people angry", Mr Buckley said. Miguez said she immediately dialed 9-1-1 and gave the location of the paper to report the shooting.