At least five people were killed and several more reportedly injured on 28 June 2018 during an apparent attack against a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland.
Authorities in Anne Arundel County confirmed the deaths at the Capital Gazette in a press conference aired by local media. The victims have been identified as Wendi Winters, special publications editor; John McNamara, sports reporter; Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; Rebecca Smith, sales assistant; and Rob Hiaasen, an assistant editor and columnist (and brother to author Carl Hiaasen.)
A law enforcement official said that the suspect in the Annapolis, Maryland newspaper shooting has been identified as 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos, who has a long history of stalking and harassment that included years of direct threats against the newspaper.
Police also said he entered the building in a targeted attack and “looked for his victims.” A firearm described as a “long gun” was also recovered from the scene. Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis described his account of the incident on Twitter:
A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
Davis also said that he could hear the shooter reload their weapon. He later told the newspaper:
I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time. 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.
The attack took place amid what the media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders called an escalation in hostile public sentiment against journalists. President Donald Trump has frequently called the press “the enemy of the American people.”
The newspaper is owned by the Baltimore Sun. There have been no reports of a threat against the parent organization.
This story will be updated.