Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Annapolis mourns victims of newspaper shooting

Annapolis mourns victims of newspaper shooting

This photo combination shows the victims of the shooting in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

"Thank you. We will not forget", read the headline.

A sign outside The Annapolis Bookstore, a block from the Maryland State House, starkly expresses the depth of sorrow many are feeling in this quaint waterside capital of about 40,000 near the Chesapeake Bay. The Gazette ran a story reporting on the case and Ramos apparently became enraged. Police said evidence of planning for the shooting was found at Ramos's apartment in the city of Laurel, about 25 miles from the newspaper office.

Chase Cook, another of the paper's reporters, said Thursday that the shooting would not stop the daily from going to press.

"Until then, keep reading", it writes.

The opinion page of the paper, however, did not comment about the incident. In an interview on Friday, he said, "Yesterday was not a fun day". "I said during that time, 'This guy is insane enough to come in and blow us all away", he told The Los Angeles Times.

The bloodshed initially stirred fears that the recent surge of political attacks on the "fake news media" had exploded into violence. Rebecca Smith, a sales assistant, was also killed, the newspaper reported.

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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington; Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles; Michael Kunzelman in Annapolis; and Sarah Rankin and Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Va., contributed to this story, as did the AP News Research Center in NY.

Of Winters, her daughter told the Sun, "My mother was a wonderful woman and a fantastic reporter".

Gerald Fischman, 61, "the conscience" of the news organization who wrote editorials for more than 25 years.

Mourners walk during a vigil in response to a shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.

Ramos was identified with the help of facial recognition technology because of what the police chief said was a "lag" in getting results from the computer system used to analyze fingerprints. RAMOS HAD A HISTORY WITH THE COURTS2011: Ramos pleaded guilty in the criminal harassment case the Capital Gazette would then write about. During the court case, the judge asked him to point out one statement in the article that was false and defamatory, but he couldn't name one. Ramos is said to have sent threatening tweets to some of the staff members years earlier.

Phil Davis, a courts and crime reporter for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling under desks. A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists at a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing several people before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said.

Struck by tragedy when a gunman with a grudge stormed their newsroom, journalists at a USA community newspaper pulled together to put out Friday's edition in tribute to their five murdered colleagues, targeted in the country's latest mass shooting. One positive idea has come out of Twitter, where some users are asking followers to keep the legacy of journalism alive by subscribing to, or at least buying a copy of, their local paper.

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