Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters on day of attack

Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters on day of attack

Gov. John Kasich has ordered all flags at public buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff Tuesday throughout OH in honor of the Capital Gazette shooting victims in Annapolis, Maryland.

The order comes after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newsroom last week, killing five people and leaving several others injured.

Five people were killed last Thursday when a lone gunman with a pump shotgun blasted his way into the newspaper office and shot five employees.

Hiaasen and his slain colleagues - Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters - were remembered in stories, poems, prayers and songs at a "celebration of life" ceremony Monday evening.

"So why would the mayor of Annapolis say he was turned down with such a no-brainer request?"

"The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could", Anne Arundel County police chief Timothy Altomare told a news conference, adding that the suspect was identified with facial-recognition technology.

Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in February after the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting that left 17 people dead, and in May after a shooting at Sante Fe High School in Texas killed 10 people.

Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter, recounted how he was hiding under his desk along with other newspaper employees when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported on its website.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan had the state's flags lowered on Friday through sunset on Monday.

Tom Marquardt, the newspaper's former editor and publisher, told NPR Ramos's behavior disturbed him enough to contact police in 2013. Buckley said earlier. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?"

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."

Police have charged 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, a local resident who held a long-standing and bitter grudge against the Capital Gazette, in the shooting attack.

He signed it under the chilling statement: "I told you so".

The existence of the letters was first reported on the websites for the Gazette and Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis outlet.

"I loved him dearly".

The letter includes a message to Charles Moylan, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals judge who upheld the lower court's ruling throwing out Ramos' defamation case: "Welcome, Mr. Moylan, to your unexpected legacy: YOU should have died".

In an interview Friday, Marquardt recalled feeling threatened by Ramos' posts, but said that after police investigated, there wasn't much else he could do.

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