Shooter sent "kill" letter before newspaper attack


President Donald Trump has reportedly rejected a request to lower American flags in honor of the five people killed last week in a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

A gunman, whom officials said had a vendetta against the newspaper, stormed into the Annapolis, MD newsroom with a pump-action shotgun and opened fire. He was fatally shot last week at the Capital Gazette along with colleagues Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

Ramos' letter is reported to say: "You were too cowardly to confront those lies, and this is your receipt".

United States president Donald Trump, who has had a combative relationship with the media since his 2016 election, was asked by reporters traveling with him on Air Force One whether he was reconsidering calling journalists "enemies of the people".

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.

President Trump has used identical language to describe the news media.

Authorities are revealing new details about the suspect accused of killing five people in Maryland's Capital Gazette newsroom.

Mr Trump ordered flags be lowered for recent mass shootings at Florida and Texas high schools, but declined for the tragedy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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NBC said Ramos was charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

Police say they are a questioning the suspect, a white man in his late 30s, following Thursday's attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Buckley told the Baltimore Sun.

"Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland", Trump said in the proclamation.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know", Buckley told The Sun on Monday.

"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job", he said hours after the shooting.

"Every day, we talk to people who don't want to make charges", Altomare said.

"He represented himself and took advantage of the legal system to keep the case alive for a long period of time during which he sued lawyers, judges, anybody who crossed his path and disagreed with him", he said.