Flags Lowered in Montana to Honor Newspaper Shooting Victims

Four journalists and a staffer at the Capital Gazette newspaper were killed Thursday

By Associated Press

HELENA – Flags in Montana are being lowered to half-staff in honor of the five people killed in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper last week.

Gov. Steve Bullock says the flags will be lowered Tuesday until sunset, in line with an order by President Donald Trump for U.S. flags on federal property.

Four journalists and a staffer at the Capital Gazette newspaper were killed Thursday by a gunman with a grudge against the newspaper.

Bullock said in his proclamation that a nation cannot be free and a democracy cannot thrive without a free and independent press, and that journalists should never be threatened or killed for doing their jobs.

He adds that the nation must work toward a society without mass shootings.

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