At least five people were killed in a shooting at the building that houses the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper published in Annapolis, a historic city an hour east of Washington.Five people killed include the assistant Editor of the newspaper Robebert Hiassen. Others dead are Wendi Winters, Special Publications, Rebecca Smith, Sales Assistant, Gerald Fischman, Editorial Page Editor and John McNamara, Staff Writer.
Police said the suspect was a white man in his late 30s whose rampage at The Capital Gazette followed social media threats directed at the newspaper. Authorities said the man entered the building and looked for his victims. He threw smoke grenades and fired a shotgun at his victims.
Anne Arundel County Acting Chief William Krampf said that the gunman’s intention was to cause harm and it was targeted shooting. There were threats made to the organisation on social media, confirmed the police official. The suspect was identified using face identification software as his fingerprints have been reportedly altered. He hasbeen identified as Jarrod Warren Ramos, who has had a past brush with the newspaper according to CNN. He had filed a defamation case against the newspaper in 2012 which was dismissed.
New York police sent counter-terrorism teams to news organizations around the city in a move authorities said was a precaution, not prompted by any specific threat. Police could be seen outside The New York Times, ABC News and Fox News early in the evening.
President Trump and Senate Speaker Paul Ryan have expressed sorrow at this horrible shooting. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders has described the shooting as an attack on American values.