The Capital Gazette vowed to continue publishing Friday after at least five people were murdered in a shooting in its newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland yesterday in an attack police say was a targeted attack on the regional newspaper.
Assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, as well as fellow journalists Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara and sales executive Rebecca Smith, were gunned down yesterday in a sustained assault that was first reported by one of the paper's crime reporters, Phil Davis, who Tweeted portions of the horrific attacked while pinned under a desk.
"Tomorrow this Capital page will return to its steady purpose of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them," the paper said in a Twitter message Friday morning. "But today, we are speechless."
Police in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, have charged Jarrod Ramos with five counts of first-degree murder. The 38-year old resident of , of Laurel, Maryland, a city some 25 miles west of the state capital, will face a bail hearing later this morning in Annapolis, the Gazette's Davis Tweeted.
Ramos was known at the paper, having brought a defamation suit -- the he ultimately lost -- against it in 2012 following a column from former Gazette writer Thomas Marquardt. Ramos is also reported to have made several threats against the paper via his Twitter account and boasted of ""making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities" on social media.
"This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette," said acting Anne Arundel County police chief Bill Krampf. ""We know that there were threats sent to the Gazette through social media. We're trying to confirm what account that was and we're trying to confirm who actually sent them."