5 Shot Dead At Maryland Newspaper Office, Suspect Arrested

| June 29 , 2018 , 12:02 IST

A total of 5 people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a local news paper office in the US state of Maryland on Thursday.

The 38-year-old suspect, identified as local Jarrod Warren Ramos, was arrested soon after, and reportedly had a long-running feud with the concerned newspaper, the Capital Gazette. Ramos had also unsuccessfully sued the newspaper and one of its journalists in 2012, alleging defamation.

According to reports, the attacker, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades shot through a glass door in the newsroom before looking for his victims and shooting them.

The victims have been identified as 65-year-old reporter Wendi Winters, 34-year-old sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 59-year-old editor Robert Hiaasen, 61-year-old editorial writer Gerald Fischman, and 56-year-old reported and editor John McNamara.

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Deputy chief of Anne Arundel County Police William Krampf described the shooting as a targeted attack on the newspaper.

"This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette," said Krampf, adding that the gunman "entered the building with a shotgun and looked for his victims as he walked through the lower level".

Police officers arrived soon after the shooting began and there was no exchange of fire. More than 170 people were safely evacuated from the building which held other offices as well.

The suspect had mutilated his finger tips to avoid fingerprint recognition but was caught using facial recognition.