Suspect in Maryland newspaper to appear in court on 5 murder charges

Suspect in Maryland newspaper to appear in court on 5 murder charges

UNDER ATTACK, SCRIBES TWEETED ORDEAL ► A shotgun blast shattered the glass entrance of the open newsroom of Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

Altomare said the shooter meant to "kill as many people as he could kill". It said "today we are speechless", but promised to return the next day.

"Some in the crowd carried signs and banners which read "#AnnapolisStrong".

The five killed were Rob Hiaasen (59); Wendi Winters (65); Rebecca Smith (34); Gerald Fischman (61); and John McNamara. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning.

The suspect in a shooting rampage carried out at a newspaper in the USA state of Maryland was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Friday.

WUSA-TV in Washington reported police surrounded Ramos' home in Laurel as they prepared search warrants.

The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed.

The Capital Gazette reported that the paper had received threats from Ramos leading up to the attack.

All five victims in the shooting were employees of the Capital Gazette, authorities said.

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Police also said reports that the suspect had damaged his fingers to keep them from checking his finger prints are not true, CBS2 reported.

Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter, recounted how he was hiding under his desk along with other newspaper employees when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported on its website. "This has always been true around the world and the sadly no exception", said Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

President Donald Trump, who has previously referred to the media as the "enemy of the people", tweeted condolences Thursday afternoon to the victims and their families.

Trif Alatzas, the publisher of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, said in a memo that "no words can adequately express our sadness" about the loss of life.

Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County said the gunman "looked for his victims".

"He represented himself and took advantage of the legal system to keep the case alive for a long period of time during which he sued lawyers, judges, anybody who crossed his path and disagreed with him", he said.

"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job". "They don't make a lot of money".

Court documents show the man suspected of killing five people at a Maryland newspaper Thursday had filed a defamation suit against the paper for an article detailing his guilty plea in a harassment case.

Anne Arundel County police said investigators believe Ramos mailed three letters in total, including one to Maryland's Court of Special Appeals and one to a Baltimore City judge.