Maryland newspaper reporter after shooting: ‘We are not the enemy’

Maryland newspaper reporter after shooting: ‘We are not the enemy’
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Hundreds of people gathered in Annapolis, Md., on Friday to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper.

The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital Gazette, reported that one of the largest events of the day was a candlelight vigil, where reporters and community leaders addressed mourners.

”We are not the enemy. We’re you," said Pat Furgurson, a reporter at the Capital Gazette.

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The Rev. Stephen Tillett of Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church of Annapolis spoke about the value that journalists provide to the community, the Sun reported.

“The First Amendment enshrines the protection of a free press,” Tillett said. “They keep their eye on things, and that’s what keeps us honest.”

Five people were killed and others were injured at the Capital Gazette's offices on Thursday when a gunman opened fire.  

Police said the suspected shooter, Jarrod Ramos, had a long-running dispute with the newspaper over a column about a criminal harassment case against him. Ramos, 38, brought a defamation suit in 2012 against the paper, but it was thrown out by a judge.

The shooting has prompted fresh scrutiny of rhetoric toward the press, particularly from President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE.

Critics have accused the president of stoking hostility toward the news media since he hit the campaign trail. He has frequently labeled journalists as the “enemy of the people,” and has singled out reporters at raucous campaign rallies and on his Twitter account as “fake news.” 

Trump addressed the shooting during comments at a White House event on Friday, where he said journalists should be "free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”