Maryland shooting: Gazette staff publish Friday edition

Maryland shooting: Gazette staff publish Friday edition

BY BBC NEWS,29TH JUNE 2018-Staff at a Maryland newspaper have published a Friday edition, after a gunman killed five people and injured more at the local paper’s office.

Chase Cook, a reporter at the Capital Gazette, had tweeted: “We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.”

His post came just hours after the attacker, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades, shot through a glass door into the newsroom.

Police called the shooting a “targeted attack”.

The paper has tweeted the front page of their Friday paper, as well as obituaries for their colleagues.

US media have named a suspect held by police as Jarrod Ramos, who is reported to have unsuccessfully sued the newspaper group in 2012 for defamation. The Anne Arundel Police Department have not, however, yet named the suspect.

Capital Gazette reporters were pictured working on the next day’s newspaper from the car park

A Capital Gazette reporter tweeted that Mr Ramos had been charged with “five counts of first-degree murder”, and would have a bail review on Saturday.

First reports of the shooting came at 14.40 local time (19.40 BST).

Journalists inside the building posted on social media as the gunman fired through the glass door of the office with a shotgun and shot at staff inside.

An intern at the paper, Anthony Messenger, tweeted as the attacker opened fire.

Another staff member at the Capital Gazette, Selene San Felice, told CNN that her first reaction to the shooting was to lie down under her desk, adding that she attempted to exit through a rear door but it was locked.

Crime reporter Phil Davis was also in the building and told The Baltimore Sun – part of the same media group as the Gazette – that he and his colleagues hid under their desks.

“I don’t know why he stopped [shooting],” he told the paper.

He described the scene as “like a war zone” and tweeted about his experiences as he waited to be interviewed by police.

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