President orders flags at half-staff

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By Mark Manicone

President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

According to law enforcement officials, Ramos targeted the Capital Gazette because of its coverage of a 2011 criminal harassment charge filed against him. He sued the paper for defamation in 2012, representing himself in court. The case was dismissed.

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