Four media professionals and one staff member of the Capital Gazette, a daily published in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland state were shot dead by a gunman in what police described as a ‘ targeted attack.”
The paper named the victims as editor and community reporter Wendi Winters (65), Sales assistant Rebecca Smith -34), assistant editor and columnist Robert Hiaasen (59), editorial writer Gerald Fischman (61) and reporter and editor John McNamara (56). Two more people were injured in the shooting, according to media reports.
The paper’s crime reporter Phil Davis told media that the gunman, named as Jarrod Ramos “shot through the glass door to the office” before opening fire on employees. He was later arrested by police at the scene and taken into custody. The suspect had lost a defamation case against the newspaper in 2012, media reports added.