Friday, 22 February, 2019

Suspected newsroom shooter charged with 5 counts of first-degree murder

Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2018, 20:10

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.

Journalists with the Annapolis-based daily huddled under a covered parking deck of the Annapolis Mall, not far from where scores of other media outlets were clumped together awaiting further details of the shooting that left five people dead, including colleagues, and others injured.

Ramos had previously filed a defamation suit against the newspaper in 2012, court records show.

A reporter and columnist for The Capital, Winters had worked at the paper since 2002, often providing her own photos and video to accompany her stories.

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

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.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said he was heartbroken over the news of multiple deaths.

Krampf described the shooting a "targeted attack", and said the gunman "looked for his victims as he walked through the lower level" of the office building where the newsroom is located. Having gone to school in Florida, she recalled accounts of a gunman's June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones. The shooter's name or a possible motive for the shooting was not yet clear.

Ramos was taken into custody at the scene and refused to cooperate with authorities.

The gunman had mutilated his fingers in an apparent attempt to avoid being identified, the source said. He said there was "no exchange of fire". "I'm going to need more than 'thoughts and prayers'". "Thank you to all of the First Responders who are now on the scene", President Donald Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump got word of the shooting before heading to Wisconsin for a rally. Associated Press/Patrick Semansky A Capital Gazette reporter, Phil Davis, tweeted a similar timeline to the shooting shortly after it occurred.

"Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees".

He then said: "Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad".

Several lawmakers said the incident should speed efforts to end gun violence. "His intent was to cause harm", Chief Krampf said. "And we should be making plans to hold them accountable", she said.

Davis and others were hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported.

"It is deeply saddening to learn of this shooting happening in a local newsroom in the US".

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added in a tweet: "Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD". The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene assisting local authorities, the official said.

"Yet another tragedy in Annapolis and it won't be the last unless we do something".

He added there was evidence to show he meant to "kill as many people as he could".

"He had an encyclopedia knowledge of everything from the philosophy to who knows what", said Brian Henley, a retired editor, told the Sun.