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Multiple people shot at Maryland newspaper

30 June, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Report Multiple People Shot at Annapolis Newspaper

It has emerged Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38, tried to sue newspaper Capital Gazette for writing an article detailing his guilty plea in a court case.

Anne Arundel County acting Police Chief Bill Krampf called it "a targeted attack" on the newspaper.

At least five people were killed Thursday at an office building in Annapolis, Maryland, law enforcement officials said. He has not been identified yet by officials.

A reporter at the newspaper where there are reports of an active shooter say a gunman shot multiple people.

Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Police said they were confident that there were no more explosives at the scene. By Thursday evening, police had blocked off the street to the suspect's home in Laurel, Md., about 25 miles from Annapolis.

A Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun photojournalist simply tweeted "Heartbroken", after police announced they'd detained the suspect and the fatalities were confirmed. Authorities said a reunification location was being established at the Lord & Taylor at the Westfield Annapolis Mall.

Davis told the Baltimore Sun as a police reporter it was hard to describe "how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk".

Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh told CNN he was found hiding under a desk in the building when police arrived. Citizens have been advised to stay clear of the area. "Praying for those at the scene and for our community", he wrote.

Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, offered the Trump administration's "thoughts and prayers" to "all that are affected".

Capital Gazette Editor Jimmy DeButts also took to Twitter, saying he was "devastated and heartbroken".

Marquardt - who Ramos once wished was dead on Twitter - said the alleged gunman was the most threatening person he ever dealt with as a journalist. Despite the tragedy, the staff at the Capital Gazette has published a Friday edition.

Police said earlier reports about the suspect mutilating his fingers in an attempt to alter his fingerprints are not confirmed.

The newspaper said two other employees were treated for minor injuries. The reporter added that he felt helpless. "I don't know why".

Mass shootings are a common occurrence in the United States. He told the L.A. Times, "I pray it's not him", because if it was, he'd feel responsible.

Police said threats were sent to the Capital Gazette through social media possibly as recently as today.


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