Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Newspaper shooting suspect 'barricaded exit'

Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2018, 20:18

At least five people were killed and several others injured on Thursday (Jun 28) when a gunman opened fire inside the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper based in Annapolis, a historic city an hour east of Washington.

It was one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in USA history. He said there was a single shooter who shot through the glass door of the newsroom's office.

The Baltimore Sun, a nearby paper, owns the Gazette.

Police say a man firing a shotgun killed four journalists and a staffer at Maryland's capital newspaper before officers quickly arrived and took him into custody.

The suspect has been named as Jarrod Ramos, who reportedly in 2012 sued the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., for defamation.

"This was a targeted attack on The Capital-Gazette", Krampf said.

Live video images showed people leaving the building, walking through a parking lot with their hands in the air. Marquardt responded to Thursday's massacre saying, "In my day, people protested by writing letters to the editor; today it's through the barrel of a gun".

Media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it was deeply disturbed to learn that a shooting at the Capital Gazette, had resulted in the death of five people.

Anne Arundel County police officials said Ramos "had some sort of vendetta" against the local paper and had previously made threats "indicating violence" on social media. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" at the loss of a brother he called "one of the most gentle and amusing people I've ever known". Hough said they were doing a full five-page section in collaboration with the design team based at the Baltimore Sun that always lays out the pages.

Asked about Trump's criticism of the press corps, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said the president and his staff did not believe violence was acceptable in any situation, adding that "we stand by that".

"It's a bad day and probably the saddest day in Annapolis since I can remember", said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. "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.". She said she saw a colleague steps away as he was shot but didn't get a view of the shooter as she sought to hide.

"And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them", she said. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

"These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there", Buckley said.

The New York Police Department said it was beefing up security at New York-based news organisations as a precaution. An APME statement called on newspapers nationwide to help the paper continue its community coverage and fight for freedom of the press.