Five dead in 'targeted attack' at Capital Gazette newspaper

Five people are reported dead in a "targeted attack" on the Capital Gazette newspaper located in Annapolis.
By Tyler MacDonald | Dec 29, 2018
A gunman killed five peoplewith a shotgun in a "targeted attack" on the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon.The victims have been identified as Rob Hiaasen, 59; Wendi Winters, 65; Gerald Fischman, 61; John McNamara, 56; and Rebecca Smith, 34.

Jarrod W. Ramos, a 38-year-old Laurel man who has held a grudge against the paper for some time, was arrested as a suspect.

"This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette," said Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf. "This person was prepared today to come in. He was prepared to shoot people."

"Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees," said Phil Davis, a Capital crime reporter who was in the building during the shooting. "Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad."

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," he continued.

"I'm a police reporter" Davis continued. "I write about this stuffnot necessarily to this extent, but shootings and deathall the time. But as much as I'm going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don't know until you're there and you feel helpless."


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