Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hundreds gather in Annapolis to remember shooting victims

Hundreds gather in Annapolis to remember shooting victims

"Obviously, I'm disappointed", Buckley told the Baltimore Sun.

Buckley said he was left "disappointed" when the president turned down the request.

Asked about Trump's criticism of the press corps, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said the president and his staff did not believe violence was acceptable in any situation, adding that "we stand by that". "It's just as important as any other tragedy".

Mr Buckley said his wife talked him out of pushing ahead without the President's approval and lowering flags in Annapolis, the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland.

The request was made after a gunman opened fire at the newspaper near the Maryland state capitol, killing five with a shotgun.

The flag is flown at half-staff on federal buildings by presidential proclamation as a sign of respect after the deaths of public officials or noteworthy figures and after some mass shootings.

"He told me at one point that he was reaching out to me because I was the only person who had been nice to him in high school", she said.

The mayor of the Maryland city where five people were slain at a newspaper wants to celebrate press freedom and honor the legacy of the journalists with a music festival.

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."

After recent mass shootings at high schools in Texas and Florida, President Trump ordered American flags across the country lowered to half-staff to honor the victims. Ramos, now 38, had befriended the woman on Facebook in 2009 and used information he gathered from the social media platform to attack her, Brennan McCarthy told ABC News.

"Is what happened in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, the equivalent of the Charlie Hebdo killing or of the last bombing against journalists in Kabul?" said RSF Secretary general Christophe Deloire.

He sued the Capital Gazette in 2012 for defamation over an article profiling Lori and detailing the harassment she'd suffered.

The Sun said the letters were dated June 28, the day of the shootings.

The victims included Rob Hiaasen, 59, the paper's assistant managing editor; Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor; Wendi Winters, 65, a features reporter; 56-year-old sports reporter John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant. Adams also says one victim who attempted to escape through the back door was shot. Friday morning's edition featured in-depth coverage of the shooting and obituaries of the five people killed.

A woman whose harassment by Jarrod Ramos led to his vendetta against the Capital Gazette says she immediately panicked when she learned of the shooting that killed five people at the paper.

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