Five people are dead and multiple people are ‘gravely’ injured after a shooting at the ‘Capital Gazette’ newspaper building in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspect is now in custody. Here’s what we know.
UPDATE 8: The suspected shooter, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He is expected to attend a court hearing in Annapolis at 10:30am ET, where his bail will be set. At the hearing, a judge determined that Ramos would beheld without bond.
UPDATE 7: Police have revealed the identities of the five people murdered in the Capital Gazette newsroom. They are Robert Hiassen, 59, an assistant editor and columnist. Wendi Winters, 65, who was the special publications editor. John McNamara, 56, was a sport writer. Gerald Fischman, 61, was editorial page editor and Rebecca Smith, 34, worked as a sales assistant.
UPDATE 6: Multiple media outlets report the suspect’s identity is Jarrod W. Ramos, age 38 from Laurel, MD. He sued the Capital Gazette in 2012 for defamation and lost his case after they reported on a guilty plea he took in a criminal harassment case. From apparent social media accounts was still very angry with the paper and the judge who tossed out his suit.
UPDATE 5: Law enforcement officials have told the NY Post that the suspect had mutilated his fingertips to make being identified through fingerprints impossible. He allegedly carried no ID and authorities were able to determine his identity by using facial recognition software. His name has not been released, but he’s being described as white male in his 30s according to the Post.
UPDATE 4: President Donald Trump tweeted, “Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”
UPDATE 3: Law enforcement officials confirm that four people have died in the shooting at Capital Gazette on June 28. Other sources told CBS News that five people were injured, though other reports only say “multiple injuries.” One victim is currently being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center, according to their spokesperson. The extent of the patient’s injuries have not been made public at this time. The status of the others injured is unknown. The suspect, who used a shotgun to carry out the attack, is reportedly a white male in his 20s who didn’t have identification on him. He is refusing to identify himself.
UPDATE 2: A law enforcement official told CNN that one person is in custody, and is believed to be the shooter. President Trump has been briefed on the situation.
UPDATE 1: Phil Davis tweeted, “A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,” but followed it with, “Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad. There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload”.
ORIGINAL: A reporter from the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, Phil Davis, reported from the newsroom that there was an active shooter in the building. Davis told The Baltimore Sun that multiple people were shot, and local Anne Arundel police confirmed the news. There are no confirmed fatalities at this time. Anthony Messenger, a Gazette intern, tweeted “Active shooter at 888 Bestgate please help us.” ATF and FBI confirmed that it has responded to the shooting. The building has been evacuated, but police are still continuing to search. There is no word on if they have caught the shooter, but at this point, the situation is still being considered active.
Arial footage from the scene showed people filing out of the building with their hands up, escorted by police. There’s no information about the possible identity of the shooter, or their possible motive. A reunification center has been set up at the Lord & Taylor department store at a nearby mall. Maryland governor Larry Hogan tweeted following the incident, “Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis. I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and
@MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD. Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community.
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