Horrible Shooting at Capital Gazette Newsroom in Maryland – Who Were The Five Victims + 8 Things We Know About the Suspect (Photos)


Five people were killed and several were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, police said.

Nexter.org gathered all the important information about the victims and suspect. 


Source: REUTERS/Greg Savoy

What happened

Five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, authorities said Thursday.

“This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette,” Anne Arundel County acting police chief William Krampf told reporters during a news conference hours after the shooting.

One of the newspaper’s reporters, Phil Davis, tweeted: “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.” He added that he was safe and was waiting to be interviewed by police.

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

According to a report in the Capital, done by the Baltimore Sun staff, 170 people were believed to be in the building at the time of the shooting.

The suspect, a white male, is in custody but not cooperating with investigators and reportedly damaged his fingers in an effort to destroy his fingerprints and not to be identified, per the Associated Press.


Source: AP

What do we know about the shooter


Source: BI

  • The suspected gunman has been identified as Jarrod Ramos, according to law-enforcement officials cited by multiple news reports.
  • He is believed to be in his late 30s.
  • Ramos accused the Capital Gazette of publishing a defamatory article titled, “Jarrod wants to be your friend” – that was the possible motive, according to the police. As court documents say, the article described a “yearlong nightmare” in which a woman said Ramos harassed her after contacting her on Facebook.
  • Ramos, who was 31 years old at the time, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge. The presiding judge described Ramos’s behavior as “rather bizarre.”
  • Jarrod had a computer engineering degree and worked for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to court documents.
  • Authorities said the man entered the building in a targeted attack and “looked for his victims.”
  • A man with the same name sued the newspaper for defamation in 2012, the Baltimore Sun, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News reported, among other news outlets.
  • Citing local law-enforcement authorities, NBC News and CNN reported that the suspect had “altered” his own fingerprints in an attempt to stall investigators working to identify him. Both news outlets said authorities later learned the suspect’s identity through the use of facial-recognition technology.

Who are victims

The victims held various roles within the company; several had decades of experience in journalism.

A Bloomberg journalist started a crowdfunding campaign to help support the victims. As of early Friday morning, it had raised more than $50,000 of its $70,000 goal. That goal had previously been set to $30,000. It was raised several times as the donation pledges added up.

Here are who were the victims of the attack:


Source: CNN

  • John McNamara, 56

McNamara reported on a variety of topics for the Capital Gazette for over 20 years, according to The Washington Post.

McNamara’s news coverage included sports, a topic he would later write about in a book about the University of Maryland’s football program.

“Definitely a pen and paper guy,” David Elfin, his coauthor on a book about basketball, said to The Washington Post. “He didn’t wear a fedora, but maybe he should have.”

  • Rebecca Smith, 34

Smith was recently hired by as a sales assistant at the newspaper, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“She was a very thoughtful person,” the Capital Gazette’s advertising director, Marty Padden, said in The Sun. “She was kind and considerate, and willing to help when needed. She seemed to really enjoy to be working in the media business.”

Smith, a Baltimore local, lived with her fiance.

  • Robert Hiaasen, 59

Hiaasen had been an assistant editor at the Capital Gazette since 2010, and a feature writer for the Baltimore Sun before that.

“I just want people to know what an in­cred­ibly gentle, generous, and gifted guy my brother was,” Hiassen’s brother Carl, said to The Washington Post.

“He was an unforgettably warm and uplifting presence as a father and brother,” Carl said. “But he also had dedicated his whole life to journalism.”

  • Wendi Winters, 65

Winters covered local news.

“My mother was a wonderful woman and a fantastic reporter,” her daughter, Winters Geimer, said to The Baltimore Sun. “Her life was a gift to everyone who knew her and the world will not be the same without her. We are grieving and trying to make sure all of us can be together to celebrate the life of our mother.”

Winters had a background in public relations and fashion, and also owned her own boutique agency.

  • Gerald Fischman, 61

Fischman was an editorial writer at The Capital Gazette.

Fischman had worked at the newspaper company since 1992, where he was noted for his quiet personality that “hid the brilliant mind, wry wit and ‘wicked pen,'” according to his colleagues cited in a Baltimore Sun report.

“He was the consummate newspaper professional,” Kathy Flynn, a former features editor, said in The Sun. “He took ultimate care, he made sure that every sentence was exactly what he wanted to say.”


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Horrible Shooting at Capital Gazette Newsroom in Maryland - Who Were The Five Victims + 8 Things We Know About the Suspect (Photos)
Horrible Shooting at Capital Gazette Newsroom in Maryland - Who Were The Five Victims + 8 Things We Know About the Suspect (Photos)
Five people were killed and several were "gravely injured" in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette's newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, police said. Nexter.org gathered all the important information about the victims and suspect. 

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