Breaking: Another Mass Shooting with Fatalities At Capital Gazette In Annapolis, MD

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On the 28th of June 2018, the 194th US mass shooting has occurred at the Capital Gazette Newspaper located in Annapolis, Maryland. There are reports of peoples having been shot with some fatalities but nothing beyond this. It looks like the suspect who used a shotgun is is police custody.

The initial respondents were the Anne Arundel County police.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On June 28, 2018, Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun penned the following report, “Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis”

Excerpts:

“A shooting has occurred at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, a paper that is owned by The Baltimore Sun, according to reports from Gazette staff.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

“Anne Arundel County Police confirmed there was an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed it was responding to a “shooting incident” at the Gazette.”

“Phil Davis, a Gazette reporter, said that multiple people had been shot. Police didn’t immediately respond to requests for further information.”

“Police said the building was being evacuated as officers continue searching it.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

“Gov. Larry Hogan, on Twitter, wrote, “Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis.”

“He said he was in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and that Maryland State Police were on the scene assisting county police.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

The Baltimore Sun has updated this story with the following details:

“At least 5 people were killed and several others were “gravely injured.”

“A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used.”

“Anne Arundel County Police initially confirmed about 3:15 p.m. that they were responding to an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.”

The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

“Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said multiple people were shot, as others — himself included — hid under their desks. He said there was a lone male gunman.”

“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,” Davis wrote on Twitter as he waited to be interviewed by police.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”

“In a subsequent interview, Davis said it “was like a war zone” inside the newspaper’s offices — a situation that would be “hard to describe for a while.”

“Davis said he and others were still hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing.”

“I don’t know why. I don’t know why he stopped,” he said.

“Police arrived and surrounded the shooter, Davis said.”

“Authorities said police responded to the scene within a minute. “If they were not there as quickly as they were it could have been a lot worse,” Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said.”

“Officials at Maryland Shock Trauma Center confirmed the hospital was treating at least one victim. County Executive Steve Schuh said others were being treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

“Josh McKerrow, a photographer for 14 years at The Capital, had covered Induction Day at the Naval Academy at sunrise Thursday. He was driving home to celebrate his daughter’s birthday when Capital editor Rick Hutzell called him from out of town.”

“He said he’d heard there had been a shooting,” McKerrow said, “and he couldn’t get in touch with anyone in the newsroom.”

“Then McKerrow heard sirens.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

“Literally, that same moment, I saw dozens of emergency vehicles,” he said. “My heart sank and I knew.”

“Police in SWAT gear and with assault rifles had cordoned off the area round the newsroom and shutdown Bestgate Road. Outside the police tape, McKerrow and reporter Chase Cook called and texted their friends and colleagues, trying to get answers.”

Alleged Capital Gazette Shooter Identified, Carried Grudge Against Paper

Jimmy DeButts, an editor at the Capital Gazette, wrote on Twitter that he was “devastated and heartbroken.” He said he could not speak about the shooting, but praised the work of his newspaper.

“There are no 40 hour weeks, just a passion for telling stories from our community,” DeButts wrote. “We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, breaking news, tax hikes, school budgets & local entertainment. 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.”

Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper
Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

“He added, “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.”

“Gov. Larry Hogan, on Twitter, wrote, “Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy.”

“He said he was in contact with Schuh, and that Maryland State Police were on the scene assisting county police.”

MSNBC is reporting that the suspect is Jarrod Ramos, 38 years old. He had lost a 3 year defamation lawsuit against the newspaper based on its publication of his pleading guilty to 2011 vicious stalking/ harassment charge.

Here is link to view tweets that Mr. Ramos, a Trump supporter, sent to reporters: Alleged Capital Gazette Shooter Identified, Carried … – Crooks and Liars

FROM TOP LEFT CLOCKWISE: WENDY WINTERS 65 YEARS OLD; GERALD FISCHMAN 61 YEARS OLD, JOHN MCNAMARA, REBECCA SMITH 34 YRS. OLD, ROBERT HIAASEN 59 YEARS OLD,. / DAILY BEAST

For details on the victims: These Are the Victims of the Annapolis Shooting – The Daily Beast

As per 6/29/18 USA Today’s report,  “The suspect (Jarrod W. Ramos) in the shooting deaths of five people at a newspaper in Maryland has been charged with with five counts of first-degree murder, court records filed Friday show.”

“Court documents show Ramos filed a defamation suit against the newspaper in 2012, but a judge threw out the lawsuit, saying Ramos “fails to come close to alleging a case of defamation.” A Maryland appeals court upheld the ruling.”

See: Capital Gazette shooting: Lawyer lived in fear of Jarrod Ramos/ USA Today

21 comments

    • Dear Kim,

      This is so sad and disheartening. I have been fuming over how President Trump is equating suffering refugee families seeking asylum with MS-13, rapists, killers while there are White males shooting at innocent peoples at school, a concert, the workplace, etc.

      Thanks for the update.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. President Trump said his “thoughts and prayers” were with the victims of the shooting

    Yep! That’s going to help a whole lot.

    I also read 5 dead and several “gravely injured.”

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    • Dear Nan,

      I will have to update this post with this information of 5 fatalities. This is so sick. While the president is equating poor refugee families seeking asylum with MS-13 killers, we have these White males shooting up concerts, schools, places of work.

      Enough is enough.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    The paper is a liberal publication that many readers had complained in letters to about what they perceived as unfair coverage of tRump. While no factual reports have come out for reason the shooter acted, there is initial speculation that this is response to right leaning hate toward the “fake” press.

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/baltimore-sun/

    Link to political bias rating..

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    • Dear Keith,

      We are not safe anymore. The data (not confirmed) so far is that the shooter was a young White male. I am sick of the president making criminals out of poor refugee families fleeing harms way while we have these men doing mass shootings. A concert, school, the work place are no longer safe from a major crime spree from US citizens.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, the number of white supremacist terrorists groups far exceed other groups. Sheriff departments want more money to go after these groups, but the President sees terrorists with darker skin only. This is bigoted behavior plain and simple. Keith

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  3. Milo Yiannopoulos is now backtracking from his call for patriots to start shooting journalists! First the call goes out to murder, and then they always say, we really did not mean what we said! No wonder over 30% of the voters think there will be another civil war shortly (rasumssen poll)! The hatred by the man on top has to end and very soon or our nation will fall!

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/milo-yiannopoulos-called-for-gunning-journalists-down-on-sight-says-it-was-private-joke/ar-AAziWJr?li=BBnb7Kz

    Some people are saying that the people calling for violence do not understand what they are calling for, I however suspect they know full well what their words will bring…

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  4. Fox News, is attempting to downplay the possibility of liberal news threat! They are attempting to say this paper was simply a local news and not at all liberal so the right wing could not have been involved in this shooting.. This before the bodies even cool! The political atmosphere in this nation is so radical at this time that anything small could cause an explosion of rebellion in the streets! This needs to be stopped before more incidents like this happen…

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      The suspect Jarrod Ramos is a White 38 year old man who had lost a 3 year defamation lawsuit against the newspaper outlet, Capital Gazette. The reporter who wrote the story, is no longer working there. The police spokesperson mentioned that there were threats sent to the paper.

      I don’t know much more yet. The right wing media should be worried. There would be blood on their hands if Mr. Ramos ends up being a backer of President Trump who wanted to attack that evil press.

      It is getting rough out there. Rep Maxine Waters has been getting serious death threats by right wingers.

      Thanks for the You-tube reference.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      On the “Crooks and Liars” blog, I did find some of Mr. Ramos’ tweets indicating that he is a supporter of President Trump. I updated my post, accordingly.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Dear Mz. Gronda,

        I saw his tweets and yes he does seem to be a supporter of tRump. One thing that concerns me greatly is the dates on the tweets, as they seem to have ended about the time tRump took control of his office. Why nothing newer? Did he suddenly decide to go silent? Or are they being with held for another unknown reason?

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        • Dear Crustyolemothman,

          It wasn’t police who shared his tweets. The press will be looking for more. This was obviously a guy who couldn’t let go of a grudge.

          Hugs, Gronda

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  5. I had a sinking feeling that this was going to wind up tied toTrump, even if indirectly. You cannot keep haranguing the same group of people over and over again, calling them the “enemy of the people” without expecting a deranged individual to eventually act on those hateful words. Here it’s beginning to look like a mentally disturbed man who alreadyhad a grudge against the Capital Gazette, was spurred on by all the hateful rhetoric. If this is what happened I personally hold Trump and Fox News pundits like Ingram, Carlson, and Hannity responsible.

    While I personally disagree with Maxine Waters call to verbally confront (not harm) members of the administration in public, she certainly doesn’t deserve death threats and God forbid, if anything happens to her, that will also be their fault.

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    • Dear Kim,

      You’ve got the picture. This man, Jarrod Ramos had a lot of animus against the press to begin with, but then someone like the president comes along and with his rhetoric against the press,that gives someone who is unbalanced the impetus to act.

      Rep Maxine Waters doesn’t deserve to have her life threatened.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  6. This is terrible! Another shooting and more killing. Psalms 37:9 reminds us that evil men will done away with. God’s Kingdom is the only thing that will solve this problem. Soon we will see the victims again in Paradise (Luke 23:43).

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    • Dear HeatherJo86,

      WELCOME!

      Thanks for your kind thoughts.

      There are too many of these sick men who are White and angry who resort to this evil. We all need to do our parts on this earth to limit/ prevent this evil.

      Hugs, Gronda

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