News Community Mourning after Five are Dead in Newspaper Shooting

News Community Mourning after Five are Dead in Newspaper Shooting

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 7:01 AM

(NBC)--Five people are dead after a gunman opened fire inside a Maryland newspaper office--The Annapolis Capital Gazette. 

Annapolis Police say the shooting in the newsroom was a targeted attack. The suspect has been identified as 38-year old Jarrod Ramos. Ramos shot several people and he also used smoke grenades as he entered the building. 

Ramos sued The Capital Gazette for defamation in 2012 after a columnist wrote about his guilty plea to criminal harassment in 2011, but his case was later dismissed. 

According to police, there were also threats sent to the newspaper on social media, and they are working to determine who made them. 

The journalism community is mourning the loss of all five people: Wendi Winters (Special Publications Editor), John McNamara (Writer), Gerald Fischman (Editorial Page Editor), Rebecca Smith (Sales Assistant), and Rob Hiaasen (Assistant Editor and Columnist). 

Although the news community is mourning, a stronger bond is being formed. Reporters are tweeting out their condolences, messages of hope, and their committment to continuing to serve in the field. 

The Maryland Capital Gazette is at the forefront of the charge, and they even made sure to still get the paper published the day after tragedy struck their newsroom. 

This shooting has newsrooms across the nation taking a closer look at their security measures. NEWSChannel 2 reporter Audrey Russo has the story. 

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