Trump declines request to lower flags for Capital Gazette shooting victims

People take part in a candlelight vigil near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

Trump declines request to lower flags for Capital Gazette shooting victims

A woman who was harassed by Jarrod Ramos, the gunman accused of shooting and killing five employees at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland on Thursday, says she felt "tormented and traumatized" by the suspect. They were mailed to an attorney for The Capital newspaper, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and a Baltimore judge.

The Baltimore Sun, which owns the smaller newspaper, said journalists "dived under their desks and pleaded for help on social media".

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley revealed that his request had been denied on Monday, days after the horrific mass shooting.

"I used to come home from work and I used to drive by my house every day and pause and make sure nothing looked amiss, make sure my windows looked cracked, my door wasn't ajar", she said. Word of their arrival broke as the first of the memorial services for the five victims was getting underway Monday.

The three letters were dated 28 June, the day of the shooting. He was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and was ordered to attend counseling.

A gunman, whom officials said had a vendetta against the newspaper, stormed into the Annapolis, MD newsroom with a pump-action shotgun and opened fire. In 2015 Maryland's second-highest court upheld the ruling, rejecting Ramos' suit. He was fatally shot last week at the Capital Gazette along with colleagues Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. On Twitter, he posted a letter to Marquardt which read, "You've crippled my life for a year, and now I'm going to cripple your company forever".

The lawsuit was the beginning of an ongoing campaign of hatred directed toward the Capital Gazette, Marquardt said. "It's about time!" Trump tweeted after lowering the flags on Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Police say a motive for the killing could be a vendetta Ramos waged against the newspaper after it wrote about his guilty plea and probation for a criminal harassment case against a former high school classmate. It was exhausting dealing with him. Altomare also said that employees Rachel Pacella and Janet Cooley had been treated at a hospital and released after being injured during Thursday's attack.

"I'll enjoy seeing @capgaznews cease publication, but it would be nicer to see Hartley and Marquardt cease breathing", he posted on February 2, 2015.

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