Five dead in shooting at U.S. newspaper office, suspect in custody

Geraldine Edwards
June 30, 2018

The initial calls about the shooting came in at around 2:35 p.m. Thursday. Eastern Time, according to local police.

Ramos carefully planned the attack, barricading the back door and using "a tactical approach in hunting down and shooting the innocent people", prosecutor Wes Adams said.

"If they were not there as quickly as they were, it could have been a lot worse", Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said.

Police confirmed the five deaths, including McNamara.

Phil Davis is a reporter at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

The suspect used smoke grenade canisters when he entered the building. The threats "indicated violence".

"There are several people who have died from this incident".

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"I'm a police reporter".

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed Thursday in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper.

Sentenced to 18 months supervised probation and forced therapy, he took issue with the way the USA paper covered his case.

Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against Tom Marquardt, a Capital Gazette editor and publisher, Eric Hartley, a columnist, "for damaging his reputation" but the newspaper won the case.

Media Association Jamaica (MAJ) is denouncing yesterday's attack on the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, US, in which five employees were killed.

Acting Anne Arundel County police chief William Krampf said during a press conference that the lone gunman was in custody and being interviewed by authorities.

Marquardt said he was "appalled" when police told him they spoke to Ramos about the threats, but that they could not arrest him. "That has been taken care of".

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Police have confirmed that the shooting suspect is in custody and the building is clear. The newspaper is one of several tenants in the building.

The shooting comes amid months of verbal and online attacks on the "fake news media" from politicians including US President Donald Trump has prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organisations. Frashure described the gunman's weapon as a "long gun", while CNN reported witnesses describing it as a shotgun. "There is nothing except for a few half-walls at the editors' offices on the left to impede a shooter".

Lt. Frashure said on WJLA that officers are "doing everything to get people out safe".

There were 170 people in the building, the publication wrote.

Officials would not provide more detail until the investigation progresses further. Officers arrived at the scene within 60 seconds, police officials said.

"A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead", he wrote.

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