Five dead, 3 injured as gunman opens fire at USA newspaper office

Law enforcement officials survey the scene after a gunman fired through a glass door at the Capital Gazette newspaper and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire killing at least five people and injuring several others in Annapolis Maryland

Law enforcement officials survey the scene after a gunman fired through a glass door at the Capital Gazette newspaper and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire killing at least five people and injuring several others in Annapolis Maryland

The suspect is Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, the Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun reported, citing law enforcement.

Phil Davis, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling for cover under desks. Capital Gazette publishes a stable of newspapers in and around Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. This person was prepared to shoot people.

Anne Arundel County police said on Twitter that due to investigative reasons, they have not released the name of the suspect in custody, adding that as of Thursday evening, the suspect has not been booked.

The five persons killed in the shootout are assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, editor and reporter John McNamara, special publications editor Wendi Winters and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, police said.

In 2012, Ramos had reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against the Capital Gazette - including one of its reporters, an Anne Arundel County judge and a woman who testified against him - after publishing an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier.

Krampf said the suspect targeted the newspaper. White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation and the White House has been in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Donald Trump and a growing number of politicians are weighing in on the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette Communications owned newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. "We are grateful to the first responders who are on the scene", she said.

Trump says in a tweet that he was briefed on the shooting at The Capital Gazette before departing Wisconsin.

"Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad", he wrote.

Survivors said the shooting - though it seemed agonizingly long - lasted mere minutes.

"Congress has a responsibility to take action now to ensure that no other community or family must endure the unthinkable horror of gun violence".

"The Capital is not a big newsroom", she said in a message on Twitter.

"I don't know why".

Maryland lawmakers urged people to be cautious. We should be outraged. They will try to recover any of Ramos' electronic devices and see if he has any social media accounts.

Even as many details about the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland remained murky, one reporter pledged that the newspaper's work will continue unabated.

"Is what happened in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, the equivalent of the Charlie Hebdo killing or of the last bombing against journalists in Kabul?" said RSF Secretary general Christophe Deloire.

"We're deploying units from our Critical Response Command to news outlets throughout New York City", said Officer Andrew Lava, an NYPD spokesman. We are there in times of tragedy. "This must stop", he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families". Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, security was tightened outside media offices across the US. "It's like dozens of dozens of emergency vehicles, police cars of all types, explosive vehicles, battering ram vehicles, all kinds of stuff", Wallace said at about 3:50 pm Thursday. The suspect surrendered to police when confronted. He said the situation is "active and ongoing".

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