Gunman in custody after shooting spree at Capital Gazette newspaper

Maryland police officers block the intersection at the building entrance after multiple people were shot at a newspaper in Annapolis Md

Maryland police officers block the intersection at the building entrance after multiple people were shot at a newspaper in Annapolis Md

That changed when Jarrod Ramos blasted out the glass doors of the newsroom near Annapolis at 2:40 p.m. and unleashed his rampage, police said, shooting with a legally purchased 12-gauge pump-action shotgun until he finally laid it down and hid under a desk as police arrived.

He said he had barricaded a back door and "used a tactical approach in hunting down and shooting the innocent victims".

The shooting was a targeted attack on the newspaper, said William Krampf, acting chief of the Anne Arundel County police.

Investigators say he had a "long-standing grievance" with the newspaper.

Surrounded by his colleagues, Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis read the names of his co-workers Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and Robert Hiaasen. POLICE HAD TROUBLE IDENTIFYING RAMOSAuthorities said he was not carrying identification at the time of his arrest and was not cooperating.

Hiaasen was the brother of best-selling author Carl Hiaasen.

US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly referred to the media as the "enemy of the people", on Friday described the shooting as "horrific". "Journalists like all Americans should be free of the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs".

The Annapolis newspaper The Capital, part of the Gazette group, published an edition on Friday with photographs of each of the victims along with "5 shot dead at The Capital" as a headline in large bold lettering on its front page.

The newspaper's editors left the editorial page blank with a note saying that they were speechless.

People on their way to work grabbed coffee and other essentials alongside police in bulletproof vests and journalists ready for their next live shot. "They don't make a lot of money". They do journalism because they love what they do. And they're right to think so; their fear is warranted, because that's what the small newspapers do so well: Keep a steady eye on the opportunistic city government, the shady school board, the double-dipping water commissioner.

On Friday the Maryland flag was lowered to half mast across the state and two candlelit vigils were held in honour of those who died.

Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit, but a judge dismissed the case, finding that Ramos could not point to a single statement in the article that was false.

Neither Mr Hartley nor Mr Marquardt is still employed by the paper or were at its office on Thursday. His public defenders had no comment outside court.

In 2015 Maryland's second-highest court upheld the ruling, rejecting Mr Ramos's suit.

Jarrod Ramos is seen in a police booking photo distributed by the police department in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, on June 29, 2018. Authorities say he had a longtime grudge against the paper, suing it in 2012 for an article it ran about him pleading guilty to harassing a woman. They recovered a gun and said he also carried smoke grenades. In the column written by Hartley, the woman described how Ramos had stalked her online and perhaps caused her to lose her job. Add Maryland Newspaper Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Maryland Newspaper Shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "Hatred for the media, the most responsible of which tell uncomfortable truths, and question authority", the paper wrote. "I don't know why he stopped". "These days reporters are subject to abuse, harassment and violence, so seeing donations pour in from around the world has me feeling confident that community news is appreciated, even when it doesn't seem like the case". "I was extremely scared that he was going to do something to me and my family". Police Chief Timothy Altomare also said at a news conference Friday that it is "absolutely untrue" that suspect Jarrod W. Ramos mutilated his fingertips. He appeared in court Friday morning.

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