Five people were killed and several injured after a gunman opened fire at a newspaper office, the Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspect, 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, who reportedly had a longstanding feud with the paper was arrested. He was found hiding under one of the desks in the newsroom. The police have called the shooting “a targeted attack”. It is currently being treated as a local incident with no links to terrorism. Security has also been beefed up at other media outlets.
The five victims who were shot dead in a “targeted attack” on the newspaper were identified as assistant news editor Rob Hiaasen, editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, special publications editor Wendi Winters, sales assistant Rebecca Smith and staff writer John McNamara.
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Reacting to the Annapolis shooting, US President Donald Trump tweeted, “Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”
Jimmy DeButts, the editor of the paper tweeted that he was devastated, heartbroken and numb. “I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community,” he said.
Capital Gazette, owned by the Baltimore Sun, runs multiple newspapers out of its Annapolis office. The Gazette, which traces its origins back to 1727, is one of the oldest newspapers in the United States.