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Five dead in U.S. newsroom shooting

Reporters and editors of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland found themselves hiding under desks texting loved ones after a man who had a troubled relationship with the paper walked in with a shotgun and started blasting.

From the Washington Post (“Five dead in Capital Gazette shooting with suspect Jarrod Ramos in custody, police say“):

A man with a vendetta against an Annapolis newspaper fired a shotgun through the newsroom’s glass doors and at its employees, killing five and injuring two others Thursday in a targeted shooting, according to police.

The attack appears to be the deadliest involving journalists in the United States in decades.

Local police said the Capital Gazette was targeted in the Maryland incident that prompted heightened security in newsrooms around the country.

A bulletin emailed to Maryland law enforcement officials identified the shooting suspect as Jarrod Ramos, 38. Police were searching an apartment in Laurel, Md., late Tuesday that is tied to Ramos.

Ramos in 2015 lost a defamation case he brought against the paper over a 2011 column he contended defamed him. The column provided an account of Ramos’s guilty plea to criminal harassment of a woman over social media. …

The motive of the gunman remained unclear, but police said the newsroom had recently received threats of violence through social media.

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” Gazette reporter Phil Davis said on Twitter.*

*Davis clarified in another tweet: “Ok, I was not tweeting from under my desk. I was already safe when I started tweeting”

Davis described the scene as a “war zone” and a situation that would be “hard to describe for a while,” in a news story posted to the daily newspaper’s website within 45 minutes of the shooting.

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Thu, June 28 2018 » Main Page, Media