As happens too often, the left created a group of defenseless, sitting ducks at the Capital Gazette. It's a safe bet that Jarrod Ramos KNEW this.
- Rob Hiaasen, 59, a former feature writer for The Baltimore Sun who joined the Capital Gazette in 2010 as an assistant editor and columnist. He is remembered as a joyful stylist and a generous mentor.
- Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who headed special publications and was a prolific writer who chronicled her community.
- Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor remembered as the clever, quirky voice of a community newspaper.
- John McNamara, 56, a staff writer who had covered high school, college and professional sports for decades; sports reporting was his dream job.
- Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant hired in November who had already proved herself a valuable asset.
- Two other Capital Gazette staffers,
Rachael Pacella, a reporter who covers education and the Naval Academy, and
Janel Cooley, a sales representative who covers downtown Annapolis, were
injured. Both were treated and released.
- Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, of Laurel was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to online court records. He did not have an attorney listed; a bail review hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday in Annapolis.
- The gunman shot his way through the glass doors of the Capital Gazette newsroom about 2:40 p.m. Thursday, officials said.
- One reporter described the scene as a “war zone.” A photographer said he jumped over a dead colleague and fled for his life. An intern tweeted the building’s address and the words “please help us.”
- Officers responded to the scene within
a minute of the rampage, authorities said. Employees hiding listened as
the shooting stopped, and the suspect was arrested.
- The suspect held a long-standing grudge against the newspaper over a 2011 article that covered a criminal harassment charge brought against him, authorities said.
- In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and a columnist. The suit worked its way through the Maryland courts until 2015, when the state’s second-highest court upheld a ruling in favor of the newspaper.
- “I remember telling our attorneys, 'This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us,’ ” said Thomas Marquardt, the paper’s former editor and publisher, who was named as one of the defendants.
- Grieving colleagues immediately began covering the story — some of them upon escaping the building. The Capital put out a newspaper the next day. “I don’t know what else to do except this,” reporter Chase Cook said, the grief showing in his eyes.
- A Washington journalist started a GoFundMe online fundraiser, aiming to raise $70,000 for the shooting victims. The donations have since surpassed that mark, and a new goal has been set for $100,000. “I can’t stop shaking because I can’t stop thinking about how this could be any one of us,” said the journalist, Madi Alexander, a data reporter for Bloomberg Government.
- Heartbroken colleagues will pay tribute to the victims by continuing to deliver the news, said Trif Alatzas, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes The Capital Gazette.
- Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the flag lowered to half-staff Friday.