Five newspaper employees killed by shooter in Annapolis, Maryland

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Today, the man accused of a deadly shooting rampage inside a Maryland newsroom appearing in court.  Police say the shooter opened fire on the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, killing five people and injuring two. 

The search for answers continues with allegedly no help from 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, the man accused of shooting and killing five people inside the Capital Gazette, police saying, “we have more why’s”…

The call came in just after 2:30pm on Thursday:  “several shots have been fired, um, possible, um, shotgun.  At least 10 shots heard”.  

Reporters and editors ran for cover in the newsroom.  Witness Lacey McKinney tells us, “they started yelling, ‘You need to get out!  You need to get out!’ So then, we all ran out into the hallway”.  

Crime Reporter Phil Davis called it a war zone, tweeting, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload”.

The retired editor of the Gazette, Tom Marquardt, says for years the suspect had been threatening the paper on social media since it reported on his guilty plea in a stalking case involving his ex-girlfriend in 2011.  Marquardt tells us, “When I heard his name, it didn’t surprise.”

Marquardt goes on to say, “We had actually contacted the police to pursue one particular comment in which he wished I would be dead”.

This morning, the Capital Gazette still went to press covering the story and honoring the victims:

  • Wendi Winters, Special Publication Editor
  • Gerald Fischman, Editorial Page Editor
  • John McNamara, Sports Reporter
  • Rebecca Smith, Sales Assistant
  • Robert Hiassen, Editor and Columnist

Police say the suspect was found hiding under a desk when they stormed the building.  

Back in 2012, he sued the newspaper for defamation, relating to its coverage of that stalking case, but the lawsuit was dismissed. 

–Kenneth Moton, ABC News

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