Five dead and two injured in shooting at US newspaper offices

Five dead and two injured in shooting at US newspaper offices

Police at the scene in Annapolis. Image: Getty

Friday, June 29, 2018

Five people have been killed after a shooting at a newspaper in Maryland.

According to staff at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, a gunman shot through a glass door and entered the office.

A suspect has been taken into custody.

US media have named the suspect as Jarrod Ramos, 38, a man who had tried to sue the Capital Gazette in the past, but Anne Arundel County Police, the force dealing with the shooting, have not officially named a suspect.

Two other people were injured in the attack.

William Krampf, the deputy chief of Anne Arundel Police, called it a “targeted attack” on the Capital Gazette.

He said the shooter "entered the building with a shotgun and looked for his victims as he walked through the lower level".

Crime reporter Phil Davis described hiding under his desk and hearing the gunman reload.

Police responded within minutes, and apprehended the man at the scene.

The victims have been named as Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Robert Hiaasen, 59, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56.

Jimmy DeButts, an editor at the Capital Gazette, tweeted tributes to some of the victims. He said he’d always “cherish his friendship” with Hiaasen, and said Winters “gave and gave and gave” and “mothered the newsroom”.

The Capital Gazette vowed to publish a newspaper as normal today, and US reporter Madelaine Braggs told talkRADIO it was a “testament to the heart and spirit it takes to be a journalist.

“It doesn’t matter if the president is against you, we’ll stand up for the truth.”

Donald Trump tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the victims, but many on social media blamed his ‘fake news’ rhetoric for stirring ill will towards journalists.