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Lawsuits Against The Baltimore Sun, Tribune and Owners of 888 Bestgate Settled

The families of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters, along with some Capital employees who survived the deadly June 28, 2018 attack on the Annapolis newsroom, dismissed civil charges against The Baltimore Sun, Tribune Publishing, and, the company that owns 888 Bestgate Drive where the massacre took place. The case involved claims of negligence against the companies, saying that there is evidence that they knew of threats against the paper months, if not years, before the confessed mass shooter, Jarod Ramos, committed the crime on June 28, 2018.

The lawsuit says that even the presence of a security guard would have deterred the gunman from committing the massacre. After his communications with the paper and the reporter who wrote about him over a decade ago went silent or dark, an investigation into Ramos should have also been conducted. A source says that intelligence communities often dig into harassers or those who threaten others or entities when they suddenly are quiet, as that's most likely the time they're planning more severe actions against their targets.  Those claims would have been brought up at a trial that was reportedly docketed with a Maryland Court this coming  September. But now, with the settlement, those allegations will not be aired in court. 

Those who survived the massacre, plus the family members of those murdered, o part of the settlement, agreed to a "non-disparagement" agreement, which says they cannot disparage the plaintiffs.  Out of respect to those journalists and their loved ones, WNAV has not asked any of them for comment.






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