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Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters on day of attack

04 July 2018

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley initially said his request for a proclamation from the president had not been granted, but a White House spokeswoman said the decision was made Monday night "as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor", the Washington Post reported.

Trump created a furor this week when the White House declined a request from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to fly USA flags at half-staff, similar to orders the president issued after other mass shootings, including the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Trump has ordered American flags lowered to half-staff after other shootings, like in May, in remembrance of the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that killed 10 people; and in February, in honor of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38, is accused of walking into The Capital newspaper's office on Thursday, local time, and shooting dead five employees with a shotgun.

Trump repeatedly has called journalists the 'enemy of the people.' He said the day after the shooting that journalists shouldn't fear being violently attacked while doing their job.

The proclamation orders flags at the White House and other federal buildings and ships to be lowered until sunset Tuesday.

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Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed in the attack. Add Maryland Newspaper Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Maryland Newspaper Shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Buckley said, according to the newspaper. Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County says it was a targeted attack in which the gunman "looked for his victims".

According to a WBAL-TV reporter who said she spoke with the woman who was harassed, Ramos became "fixated" with her for no apparent reason, causing her to move three times, change her name, and sleep with a gun. "To the family, friends, and colleagues at the Capital Gazette and its parent company, the Baltimore Sun, you have the deepest sympathies of a state in mourning". Ramos is now charged with five counts of murder. Buckley said he had hoped lowering the flags would keep the attack at the center of national attention and was "disappointed" by the decision. "I told you so", reads the June 28 document sent to the Capital Gazette's former lawyer, with instructions to share it with the paper's former publisher, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters on day of attack