Newsroom shooting suspect identified in 'targeted attack'

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2018

Police say they are a questioning the suspect, a white man in his late 30s, following Thursday's attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Three other journalists and a staffer were killed: editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; special publications editor Wendi Winters; writer John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" at losing his brother, "one of the most gentle and amusing people I've ever known".

On Thursday evening, Jimmy DeButts, the Capital Gazette's community news editor, requested that people "stop asking for information/interviews" and added that the newspaper's "reporters & editors give all they have every day" and have "a passion for telling stories from our community".

The shooting - which came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the "fake news media" from politicians and including President Donald Trump - prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation's media capital. Following the statement were the names of those killed in the shooting.

Arminta Plater, a spokeswoman for a hospital near the newspaper, said two patients had arrived there but she did not know their conditions.

Marquardt's interview took place before the alleged shooter was identified by police. "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".

Acting Anne Arundel County Police Chief William Krampf said "we do have fatalities and we do have serious injuries". That location is a commercial development in which The Capital Gazette is a tenant.

Phil Davis, who covers crime for the paper, hid under his desk as he tweeted out a chilling, blow-by-blow account of what was happening inside that newsroom.

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Ramos was officially charged with five counts of first-degree murder Friday, CNN reported.

To help piece together the details of how the shooting rampage unfolded, police used surveillance video from the office at 888 Bestgate Road.

Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton, Kevin Rector, Pamela Wood and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs contributed to this article.

Across the state, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) order Maryland flags lowered through Monday in memory of the victims.

The NYPD has deployed critical response units to several major newsrooms throughout New York City as a precaution.

Agents from the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident, the bureau tweeted.

People on their way to work grabs coffee and other essentials along with police in bulletproof vests and journalists ready for their next live shot.

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