Donald Trump lowers flag to honor five shooting victims in Maryland

Posted July 04, 2018

Ramos had posted a message on his Twitter account, which was dedicated nearly entirely to attacking the Capital Gazette and its reporters, that warned the paper over a criticism of Trump, saying cryptically that it could "end badly" for the paper.

On Monday night, an overflow crowd gathered to remember Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters with stories, poems, prayers and songs.

In a joint statement, the groups say the tragedy "tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls fourth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit". Hiaasen was the brother of best-selling author Carl Hiaasen.

A reader holding a copy of The Capital a day after the shooting.

It went on, "This page is intentionally left blank today to commemorate victims of Thursday's shooting at our office".

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Photographs widely shared on social media showed staffers working on laptops in a parking garage to produce Friday's edition while they waited to learn the fate of their colleagues.

But since he didn't do that, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley made a formal request for the president do so.

"These guys, they don't make a lot of money".

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

However, since well before taking office, Trump has been openly antagonistic toward the press, calling it the "enemy of the American people" and frequently accusing the mainstream media of engaging in "fake news."

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"I know that the Capital was well aware of this guy threatening and the police were aware of it", Hogan told WTOP in an interview Tuesday morning.

"He represented himself and took advantage of the legal system to keep the case alive for a long period of time during which he sued lawyers, judges, anybody who crossed his path and disagreed with him", he said.

By 2016, the courts had rejected the last rounds of his many appeals of the lawsuit over the column. In the column written by Hartley, the woman described how Ramos had stalked her online and perhaps caused her to lose her job.

The court agreed the article was accurate and based on public records, the document showed. He said he considered lowering flags on his own, but chose to follow protocol.

Neither Hartley nor Marquardt is still employed by the paper and neither was at its offices on Thursday.

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Three minutes before the gunfire, he tweeted an obscenity at a judge who had rejected his defamation suit against the paper.