Maryland newspaper says it received threats after shooting

Glen Norman
July 3, 2018

President Donald Trump, who routinely calls reporters "liars" and "enemies of the people", said, "Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs".

The time chosen marks the moment on June 28 police say that gunman Jarrod Ramos entered the newsroom and began firing a shotgun at employees.

In the days after the Capital Gazette attack, musicians have paid tribute to the victims. "There are no words", it says. With its weekly sailboat races and picturesque downtown, residents were settling into the rhythms of summer when the shooting shattered the town's usual tranquility. He sued the paper for defamation, which the court wrote in its official ruling, "reveals a fundamental failure to understand what defamation law is and, more particularly, what defamation law is not".

Tronc is the parent company of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes the Capital.

"As soon as I saw, I dove under a desk, and then I heard another gunshot", Gillespie said. "The Capital is not a giant newspaper".

Winters, who wrote several weekly columns for the paper, was an active volunteer with Girl Scouts and Red Cross and had created an annual event in Annapolis called P.R. Bazaar, where local journalists and public relations professionals meet to learn from each other. They met years ago at a Harry Potter night at another bookstore in town. And his statement expressing sympathy after the Annapolis shooting made me more upset. At the top of the page are photos of the five fallen employees, Robert Hiassen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, Rebecca Smith, and John McNamara.

Mourners stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom.


On Thursday afternoon, 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos allegedly barricaded the rear entrance of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis and proceeded to shoot employees with a shotgun.

Earlier in the day, some staff met in person, and others joined via conference call, to discuss next steps for the paper.

"They were great people who did fantastic work in the community", he said.

On Friday morning USA time Ramos appeared in the Annapolis District Court and was charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

The suspect has been identified as Jarrod Ramos, who had a long-standing grudge against the paper over a 2011 article about a criminal harassment case brought against him by a former high school classmate. A judge later threw it out as groundless.

"As publisher of the Capital Gazette for nearly 40 years, this tragedy hits very close to home", Nancy Merrill, president of the family foundation, said in a statement.

Some people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis to mourn the loss of a longtime member who was slain in the office.


The Baltimore Sun first reported Ramos' court filing containing the "legal oath" to kill Hartley.

One of the considerations for choosing Annapolis was its close-knit nature.

Facebook and Twitter are still not dedicating enough resources to content moderation and are not imposing stiff enough penalties on those who break the rules, fueling the behavior of online trolls, said Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor who studies social media. "Despite how quaint or how historic, how uncomplicated some of our day-to-day challenges are, we are vulnerable to the worst possible scenario". "It is never really over", McCarthy said.

The killing of 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school in February helped reinvigorate the national debate on gun control in a country where firearms are responsible for more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually. His father was an assistant football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.

"For my entire life, The Capital has been my hometown newspaper".

Singer-songwriter James Taylor, a favorite of Hiaasen's, through a representative said he was moved reading about Hiaasen's appreciation for his music and offered his condolences. A vigil Friday drew thousands to the City Dock.


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