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Annapolis mayor wants Trump to order American flags be at half-staff for shooting victims

Annapolis mayor wants Trump to order American flags be at half-staff for shooting victims


by Stephen Pimpo Jr./ABC7

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (ABC7) — Mayor Gavin Buckley of Annapolis is calling on President Donald Trump to lower all American flags in honor of the five people killed in the shooting at the Capital Gazette.

In a story from the Baltimore Sun's Pamela Wood, Buckley says he wants to make sure people remember the tragic attack on the city's newspaper, even as the national media moves on to other stories.

“It’s not as noticeable when a state flag is down but you still have your main flags at full mast,” Buckley said.

Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara all died after a gunman attacked the Capital Gazette newsroom Thursday in one of the worst attacks against journalists in America.

"This is our family and today's victims were our friends," Buckley said after the attack Thursday. "Today's tragedy will not be the new normal for our city, county, state or country.

Trump tweeted out a statement in the aftermath of the shooting offering his condolences to the victims and their families and praising the actions of local law enforcement.

As of Saturday, Buckley says he has not gotten a response from the White House.

“I’m not saying that he’s denying it, but it might not be a priority,” said Buckley, according to the Sun.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered all Maryland flags be lowered to half-staff on Friday.

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