Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Annapolis shooting: How journalists tweeted their ordeal

Annapolis shooting: How journalists tweeted their ordeal

Anne Arundel County Police Lieutenant Ryan Frashure could not confirm whether the shooting took place in the publication's newsroom. We lost some truly great people today.

Krampf said a white male in his 30s used smoke grenades when he went into the building. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" at the loss of his brother, "one of the most gentle and amusing people I've ever known".

He did not say why the gunman may have targeted the newspaper or its employees.

Phil Davis, a reporter with The Capital Gazette, wrote on Twitter, "Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees".

Multiple people have been shot at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload", he wrote in a tweet.

Jarrod W. Ramos was captured after the shooting at the offices of Capital Gazette Communications, according to a senior law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity.

Authorities in several U.S. cities, including NY, responded to the violence in Maryland by sending police to offices of media outlets.

Twitter filled up with references to President Donald Trump's criticism of the media as an "enemy of the state" and right wing provocateur Milo Yiannopolous' recent remark about vigilantes "gunning down" journalists (which he clarified after the Annapolis shooting wasn't "serious").

Anne Arundel county executive Steve Schuh added on CNN that the suspect "has not been particularly cooperative".

"We did recover what we thought may have been an explosive device", William Krampf, acting chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, said. "To my knowledge, there was no verbal aspect to the incident where he declared his motives or anything else, so at this point we just don't know".

A shooter killed five people and wounded others at the newspaper Thursday.

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Gov. Larry Hogan has previously said that there were "several fatalities and several people in the hospital".

The shooter is in custody and interviewed, local police said, not revealing his identity.

The Hartley article on Ramos said that in 2011, Ramos had undertaken a year-long campaign of stalking and harassing a woman he had known in high school, but with whom he had recently reconnected via Facebook, according to the article which was reproduced in the court documents.

Hiassen, 59, brother of best-selling author Carl Hiaasen, joined The Capital, the group's flagship title, in 2010 as assistant editor after working as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun for 15 years.

The newspaper is located in a four-story office building in Annapolis, the capital of the USA state of Maryland.

On TV reports, people could be seen leaving the building with their hands up, as police officers urged them to depart through a parking lot and officers converged on the building.

"The enemy of the people I call 'em", he said, pointing to the media he dubbed "fake news". "My heart sank and I knew".

Chase Cook, a reporter at the newspaper, said the shooting would not stop The Capital - the local print edition - from going to press. She said she saw a colleague steps away as he was shot but didn't get a view of the shooter as she sought to hide.

"I heard footsteps a couple of times". "I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn't be quiet".

"And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them", she said.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community is grieving the attack on the community paper.

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