We have reports of a shooting at a Maryland newsroom. Fox News is reporting that there are multiple fatalities and an arrest might have been made. Ron Bateman, Sheriff of Anne Arundel County, spoke with Shepard Smith recently and gave him a preliminary report. We’ll keep you updated.
LATEST (Lauretta): Local police officials revealed Thursday evening that the shooting was a "targeted attack" on the Capital Gazette and that the paper had received threats prior to the shooting. They say the suspect was in his thirties but they will not release further details until Friday morning as their investigation is still ongoing.
BREAKING: “This was a targeted attack on the Capitol Gazette,” says Anne Arundal County Deputy Chief William Krampf. pic.twitter.com/rCyUZd2XvA— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 29, 2018
The suspect has also been identified as 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos. He sued The Capital in 2012 for defamation, which was dismissed in court.
NBC News: The shooting suspect's name is JARROD RAMOS. 38 years old. He was identified by multiple law enforcement officials to NBC News. He had sued the paper in 2012 for defamation. Case was tossed by a judge. @Tom_Winter @MSNBC— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) June 29, 2018
The victims have been identified as well:
UPDATE: Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischmann, John McNamara identified as victims of today's shooting— Nancy Chen (@NancyChenNews) June 29, 2018
UPDATE: The shooting occurred at the offices of the Capital Gazette. It’s owned by the Baltimore Sun. It’s been around since 1884. Anthony Messenger, an intern at the Capital, tweeted about the shooter, pleading for assistance on Twitter.
Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us— Anthony Messenger (@amesscapgaz) June 28, 2018
Oh My God. From a newsroom in Maryland. https://t.co/td8KmHCBAd— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) June 28, 2018
BREAKING: Multiple fatalities in newsroom shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, according to local Sheriff— Stephanie Grady (@StephGradyTV) June 28, 2018
UPDATE II: ATF is responding to the scene. The bomb squad is reported en route to fully secure the area. There are reports that at least six people are reported to be shot. President Trump has been briefed on the incident.
NOW Annapolis shooting: ATF now responding to the shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper. PGFD bomb squad also on the way.— Lisa Fletcher (@lisa_fletch) June 28, 2018
BREAKING: ATF Baltimore is responding to a shooting incident at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. pic.twitter.com/GQ1bMAejzQ— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) June 28, 2018
We are investigating reports of an incident at the Capital-Gazette building in the 800 block of Bestgate Road in Annapolis. We will share details as we confirm them.— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) June 28, 2018
BREAKING: At least six people are injured in shooting at Capital Gazette. https://t.co/D9J6wdeIYB— WBAL NewsRadio 1090 (@wbalradio) June 28, 2018
Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis told the Baltimore Sun that multiple people had been shot. https://t.co/xK6ibs4tLr— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 28, 2018
Capital Gazette intern says longtime sports reporter John McNamara is among victims of reported newsroom shooting. https://t.co/nXmJgAOSxG— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) June 28, 2018
UPDATE III: Gov. Larry Hogan has responded to this tragic shooting, saying he’s “absolutely devastated.” Phil Davis, a crime reporter for The Capital, is tweeted, “A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead…[the] gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad.”
“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” he added. The Capitalis also reporting on this incident as well.
#update confirming active shooter at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Building evacuated. Officers continuing to search building. Relocation point is inside Lord and Taylor in the mall.— Anne Arundel Police (@AACOPD) June 28, 2018
Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis. I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and @MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD. Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community. https://t.co/bI6PdUjHfh— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 28, 2018
I will tweet what I can while I wait to be interviewed by police.— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad.— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
Capital Gazette just posted a story about the shooting at their own newspaper. Still doing their jobs and reporting the news under awful circumstances. pic.twitter.com/aPFu67ZACB— Jason Schreiber (@Schreibernews) June 28, 2018
UPDATE IV: NYPD has dispatched units to the headquarters of all major newsrooms in the city out of caution. CBS News is reporting that four people are dead. Shooter has been apprehended, according to Annapolis officials.
#BREAKING: NYPD says it is stationing officers outside the headquarters of major newsrooms throughout the city out of an abundance of caution following shooting at newspaper office in Maryland— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 28, 2018
BREAKING: City spokeswoman: 1 shooter in custody after shooting at building housing Maryland newspaper.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 28, 2018
UPDATE V: Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said several people have been killed. He thanks first responders who arrived at the scene within 60 seconds. Suspect is still being interviewed by detectives.
UPDATE VI: The number of casualties has been updated. At least five people have been killed. It's now one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in American history. Trump responds, saying thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. He also thanked the first responders.
#LATEST: 5 confirmed dead at The #CapitalGazette in #Annapolis, Maryland. Shooter in custody. Officers arrived within 60 seconds. As many as 20 injured. Gunman shot through glass door to enter newsroom. Then started shooting. #BREAKING— Kari Lake Fox 10 (@KariLakeFox10) June 28, 2018
Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. 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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
UPDATE VII: Jim DeButts, editor for the Capital Gazette, tweeted that he was “devastated and heartbroken,” but that his reporters are passionate, they will continue to report the news, and nothing will prevent them in accomplishing that goal. That is their mission.
Devastated & heartbroken. Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews. I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays - just a passion for telling stories from our communty.— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018
We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, breaking news, tax hikes, school budgets & local entertainment.— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018
We are there in times of tragedy. We do our best to share the stories of people, those who make our community better. Please understand, we do all this to serve our community.— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018
We try to expose corruption. We fight to get access to public records & bring to light the inner workings of government despite major hurdles put in our way. The reporters & editors put their all into finding the truth. That is our mission. Will always be.— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018
Correction: Fingertips angle has been corrected by CBS News. Shooter's fingerprints were not damaged.
The initial version of this story published Thursday evening reported that the suspect had "damaged" the tips of his fingers in an attempt to prevent identification, citing a law enforcement official. On Friday, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said that there was a lag in identifying the suspect using fingerprints, and that facial recognition technology was used. But he said that "there was no alteration to his fingerprints." This story has been updated.
UPDATE VIII (Lauretta): CBS reports that "One law enforcement source says the suspect is a white male in his 20s and didn't have identification on him. The suspect is refusing to identify himself. The suspect damaged his fingertips in an effort to avoid identification," according to a law enforcement source.