Report: Police identify Annapolis newsroom shooter
But officials are not releasing the suspect’s name after a deadly attack on the Capital Gazette newsroom at least five deaths in Maryland.
Just a few hours after five of their colleagues were killed in the newsroom, staff members from the Capital Gazette sworn that she would not be deterred from their journalistic mission.
“I can tell you this,” Gazette reporter Chase Cook tweeted after Thursday’s deadly rampage. “We put a damn paper tomorrow.”
After the shooting was over, journalists with the Annapolis, Md., the newspaper gathered in a parking lot on the nearby Annapolis Mall, where Editor Rick Hutzell led a discussion, peppered with hugs and diversified expressions.
“We are trying to work and deal with five people” who lost their lives, said reporter Pat Furgurson, whose wife and adult son were with him, in a shopping mall.
I can tell you this: We put a damn paper tomorrow.
— Chase Cook (@chaseacook) June 28, 2018
He said that his colleagues were “just people trying to do their work for the public.”
“You would think that such a thing could happen in Afghanistan, not in a newsroom a few steps away from the shopping centre,” he said, reflecting on what seemed to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in AMERICAN history.
“You would think that such a thing could happen in Afghanistan, not in a newsroom a block from the mall.”
– Pat Furguson, reporter, Capital Gazette
The police said that the gunman, referred to as Jarrod W. Ramos, explicitly focused on the newspaper.
ANNAPOLOIS NEWSROOM SHOOTING LEAVES 5 PEOPLE DEAD; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY, OFFICIALS SAY
The five Gazette staffers killed in the attack were identified as Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Rebecca Smith and Rob Hiaasen.
Winters was the special publications editor. McNamara was a writer. Fischman was editorial page editor. Smith was a sales assistant. Hiassen was an assistant editor and columnist.
Surviving members of the paper, the staff said that there was no hesitation about the question or the producing of a Friday edition.
High school sports editor Bob Hough said he and a colleague were working on the sports section of his house Thursday evening.
“I don’t know that there ever thought that not doing something together,” said Hough, who was not at the office when the shooting broke out.
The hearing of the confirmation of the names that I got hours ago from those who are lost, it is all too real now. Almost feel guilty spending the last few hours with @MikeMorea1 putting a sports.
— Bob Hough (@bobhoke74) June 29, 2018
Hough said they were doing a full five-page section in collaboration with the design team is based in the Baltimore Sun that always puts the pages.
But he tweeted that he “almost feel(s) guilty” when he heard the confirmation of his slain fellow-employees, and that the “real now.”
Photographer Josh McKerrow edited photos on a laptop in the garage deck.
Further cover story with a Capital reporters Chase Cook and Pat Ferguson. Thanks to our @baltimoresun colleagues who are here too. There will be a Capital Friday.
— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 28, 2018
“It is what our instinct was to go back to work,” McKerrow said. “It is what our colleagues would have done.”
He has also tweeted confirmation of a Friday paper.
The Associated Press Media Editors (APME) have promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover from the deadly attack on their Maryland office.
“We stand in support of the journalists and staff on the #CapitalGazette,” the APME tweeted. “The Associated Press Media Editors share the shock and sadness surrounding the horrifying events in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.”
We stand in support of the journalists and staff on the #CapitalGazette
The Associated Press Media Editors share the shock and sadness surrounding the horrifying events in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. #apme https://t.co/xyK8xfs7MI
— APME (@APME), June 29, 2018
In a statement Thursday, the APME also called on the newspapers throughout the country to help the victims of the shooting, so they can continue to cover their community and fight for the freedom of the press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.