TRENTON, NJ—Gov. Phil Murphy ordered Friday afternoon that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Tuesday, July 10 in memory of the five victims of the recent mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.
“New Jersey mourns the loss of the five brave reporters and editors who lost their lives in the senseless mass shooting at the Capital Gazette," said Governor Murphy in a statement. “Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy – and any attack on members of the media is an attack on us all. Our condolences are with the Capital Gazette and the loved ones of those lost during this difficult time.”
On Thursday, June 28, five Capital Gazette employees were killed when a gunman opened fire on the daily newspaper's newsroom at 888 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, Maryland. The five victims included Rob Hiaasen, 59, an assistant editor and columnist; Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent; Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor; John McNamara, 56, a staff writer who had covered high school, college and professional sports; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.
The shooter, Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was arrested soon after the shootings occurred. The Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf called the shooting a "targeted attack" on the newspaper. Ramos was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, and is currently in custody being held without bond.