Capital Gazette Suspect Allegedly Described Plan in Letter

Saul Bowman
July 3, 2018

President Trump declined a request to lower the American flag in memory of the five victims who died in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis last week, according to the publication.

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.

Days after newspaper editor Rob Hiaasen and four colleagues were shot to death by a gunman in the Capital Gazette's newsroom, an overflow crowd gathered at a Maryland nature center on Monday evening to remember the man they loved in stories, poems, and songs. He also said that they "stepped up security" at the newspaper years ago, and posted Ramos's photo around the office.

"We won't forget being called an enemy of the people", the open letter reads, quoting Trump's dig against the media.

In an interview with CBS News correspondent Chip Reid, Paul W. Gillespie, a photographer at the paper who survived the shooting, wore a shirt saying "journalism matters today more than ever", and he told Reid he wore it to deliver a message.

Numerous members of the media have called out Trump's rhetoric as stoking the fires of hostility toward journalists while others blamed the president directly for what happened at the Gazette last week.

Initially, Trump rejected the request Monday. Judge Thomas Pryal said found a likelihood that the 38-year-old Ramos is a danger. Buckley, a Democrat, told the Sun on Monday afternoon.

Ramos sued the newspaper for defamation after a column appeared about his online stalking.

Sgt. Amy Miguez, an Annapolis Police Department spokeswoman, said that she received a text message early on Thursday from Gazette reporter Phil Davis about a story.

"I think they're very serious about it", Trump insisted, when asked of his administration should be insisting North Korea tell them exactly where its facilities are located to demonstrate their seriousness to denuclearize.

Though Trump publicly called the Capital Gazette shooting a "horrible, terrible event" and expressed support for the victims, in private he has told associates that he believes that what he called "the fake news" would blame him and his fiercely anti-press rhetoric for sparking the shooting, according to a report by The Daily Beast.

"I made a deal with him, I shook hands with him".

"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.

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