Maryland shooting: Capital-Gazette owner 'deeply saddened'

01 July, 2018, 12:53 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Law enforcement officials survey the scene after a gunman fired through a glass door at the Capital Gazette newspaper and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire killing at least five people and injuring several others in Annapolis Maryland

Smith was a sales assistant and the others were journalists.

Tom Marquardt, retired publisher and top editor at the paper, told The Capital Gazette on Thursday that he had always been concerned about Ramos' history of escalating social media attacks against the newspaper and its journalists.

According to a legal document, the article contended that Ramos had harassed a woman on Facebook and that he had pleaded guilty to criminal harassment.

Ramos said on Twitter that he had set up an account to defend himself, and wrote in his bio that he was suing people in Anne Arundel County and "making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities".

Police said the suspect was a white man in his late 30s whose shotgun rampage at The Capital Gazette followed social media threats directed at the newspaper. This guy could really hurt us.'" Here is what we know so far about Ramos: "THE CAPITAL GAZETTE WROTE ABOUT RAMOSIn 2011, the paper published a story about allegations Ramos stalked an ex-girlfriend, Marquardt said.

He added: "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload".

A gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

He would not say whether a suspect was in custody, or give details about the extent of the victims' injuries.

Why did the suspect target editors of Capital Gazette?

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Investigators were said to be looking into "violent" threats that had been made against the Capital Gazette via social media.

For now, the Annapolis shooting is being treated as a local incident and not one that involves terrorism, a law enforcement official said.

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"His intent was to cause harm", William Krampf, Anne Arundel County's acting police chief, told a news conference.

Krampf said police had disposed of a suspected explosive device and that the four-story office building was now secure.

The attacker had mutilated his fingers in an apparent attempt to make it harder to identify him, according to a law enforcement official. Krampf did not comment on those reports.

First he shot the glass door of the newsroom, then went inside and continued to shoot for the magazine's staff.

Work continued on the next day's edition of The Capital, with an assist from the Baltimore Sun, whose parent company owns the paper.

A Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Dot that no "specific" action outside of regular protocol is being taken to monitor tweets about the Annapolis shooting. "Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said following the shooting.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families", Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn said in a statement. "Thank you to all of the First Responders who are now on the scene", he said.

As a presidential candidate and after his election, Trump has repeatedly criticized the press, referring to several major news organizations as "fake news" and calling a group that included the New York Times, CNN and CBS "the enemy of the American people".

In a brief phone call with The Associated Press, Carl Hiaasen said his family "was devastated beyond words" by the senseless killing of his brother at The Capital Gazette.

The paper promotes itself as one of the oldest publishers in the country, with roots dating to the Maryland Gazette in 1727.

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