Woman stalked by USA newspaper shooter lived in fear of attack

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

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

Annapolis, Maryland, Mayor Gavin Buckley, who made the request of Trump, said on Monday.

"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. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?"

Acting Police William Krampf described the incident as a targeted attack during a press conference last week.

"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job", Trump said. "It's just as important as any other tragedy".

The five victims were named by police as Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Robert Hiaasen, 59, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56.

The alleged gunman in Thursday's killings at The Capital sent three threatening letters before the shooting rampage at the Annapolis newspaper, Anne Arundel County police said Monday.

Despite Trump's refusal to lower down flags for the victims of the horrific shooting, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, ordered state flags be flown at half-staff "as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated. against employees of the Capital Gazette".

"It's not as noticeable when a state flag is down but you still have your main flags at full mast", Buckley told the Baltimore Sun after the making the request, adding he thought the tragedy merited national attention.

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The American flag is lowered to half-staff at the White House in Washington, May 18, 2018. He has also repeatedly referred to the media as "Fake News" and has also called the media "the opposition party in many ways".

Mr. Trump had ordered US flags lowered after mass-casualty school shootings in Texas and Florida earlier this year.

Ramos, 38, was the subject of a 2011 article by paper titled "Jarrod wants to be your friend" after he pleaded guilty to criminal harassment. The suit was dismissed by a judge after Ramos was unable to prove the paper had published anything false or defamatory about him, but Ramos then went on to harass the paper and its staff on social media for years.

Marc Limansky, a police spokesman, declined to detail the contents of the letters but said they were being investigated by detectives.

Media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it was deeply disturbed to learn that a shooting at the Capital Gazette, had resulted in the death of five people.

News of the letters came as hundreds gathered to remember editor Rob Hiaasen.

Hours after a gunman blasted his way inside The Capital Gazette on Thursday, the surviving staff tweeted out their defiance: "Tomorrow, this Capital page will return to its steady objective of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them".

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