Capital Gazette Shooting: Everything We Know About Shooting at Annapolis Newspaper

At least five people are dead following a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday. Authorities had one suspect in custody, apprehended at the scene. 

Officials cautioned that the investigation into the shooting was still underway and would likely be a long and in-depth process. Here’s what we know so far about the shooting, the victims, how to help and more.

The Shooting

Initial reports of a shooting at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis, the building housing the Capital Gazette, came in shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, officials said. An intern at the newspaper first tweeted about an active shooting at the newspaper. Staffers also tweeted about the situation.

“Gunman shot through the glass door of the office and opened fire on multiple employees,” reporter Phil Davis wrote. “Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad.” 

In a later tweet, Davis added, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”

Not long after the shooting was reported, authorities announced they had a suspect in custody. Police worked to ensure there were no other threats inside the building. More than 100 people were escorted out of the premises safely and taken to a nearby reunification center, officials said in a press conference.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said an active shooter training was practiced just a week ago. 

More than 10 agencies, including a bomb squad, were on scene of the shooting. Both the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were involved.

“We did recover what we thought may have been an explosive device that has been taken care of,” Acting Anne Arundel Chief William Kramph said. “We have members of the bomb squad on scene.” 

GettyImages-986532758 Police respond to a shooting on June 28, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. At least five people were killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire inside the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper published in Annapolis, a historic city an hour east of Washington. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

Victims 

At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in the shooting. Authorities had not yet released the names of those who were killed or injured, nor had they released the exact numbers and conditions of the injured. 

At least one person was being treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, The Baltimore Sun reported. A spokesperson from Anne Arundel Medical Center told Newsweek the facility was treating two people, both with minor injuries.

Families and loved ones were being notified of the deaths and injuries Thursday night.

Suspect

The suspect inThursday's shooting was identified as Jarrod Ramos, reported The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital. Ramos was described as having a "longstanding dispute" with the paper.

Ramos, 38, had filed a defamation suit against the Capital in 2012, which was later dismissed. Public records reviewed by Newsweek showed he was involved in a series of lawsuits over a few years, including the suit in which he sued a specific reporter, Capital Gazette Communications Inc. and Capital Gazette Communications LLC.

Police did not confirm the suspect's identity but said the shooter had a previous interaction with the newspaper and said they were searching locations linked to him. Police also confirmed the newspaper had received threats prior to the shooting, which "indicated violence."

Motive

Despite widespread speculation in the wake of the shooting, authorities had not yet commented on what officials think the motive may have been.

GettyImages-986552802 A newspaper stand selling the Capital Gazette is pictured in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018. - ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images

How to Help

A GoFundMe account was set up by journalist Madi Alexander after the shooting. The money raised will go to those affected by the shooting. The page, which can be found here, garnered more than $15,000 of its $30,00 goal by Thursday evening.

“Please give what you can to help the Capital Gazette newsroom and their journalists,” the page said. “Our hearts break for our colleagues in Annapolis and we want to do whatever we possibly can to help them pay for medical bills, newsroom repairs, and anything else that might arise from this terrible shooting.”

The Anne Arundel Medical Center told Newsweek it did not have a shortage of blood due to the shooting, but noted blood is always in high demand during summer months and encouraged donations.

Other Details

President Donald Trump, who was in Wisconsin at the time of the shooting, was briefed on the situation.

“Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland,” the president wrote. “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.” 

Vice President Mike Pence also weighed in as he was arriving in Guatemala, saying he was “monitoring the horrific shooting.”

“Karen & I are praying for the victims and their families,” he wrote. “We commend the swift action by law enforcement and all the first responders on the scene.”

In a press conference, local authorities commended the work of first responders and said they were able to arrive on the scene incredibly fast after first reports of the shooting.

“It’s a tragic situation, but there are some brave people who came in and kept it from being any worse,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

This story was updated to include information about the suspect in the shooting.

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