Deadly shooting at Maryland newspaper

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5 killed in Maryland newspaper shooting
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Our live coverage has ended. Go here or scroll through the posts below to read more about the Capital Gazette shooting. You can read about the victims here, and how to donate here.

Former Capital Gazette reporter: "The paper meant a lot to me, it gave me a chance"

Binghui Huang, a former staff writer at the Capital Gazette, recalled on Friday how her former colleagues touched her life when she worked there.

“I didn’t sleep much last night, she told CNN. “I don’t think my friends did either and we have been sharing memories of each one of them and sometimes they’re memories make us laugh, I guess those are the good moments that we have.” 

Huang remembered how nervous she was about telling victim Rob Hiaasen, an editor for the paper, that she was moving on from the newspaper. “The paper meant a lot to me, it gave me a chance,” she said.

“When I told him, I started to cry a little bit. I felt so bad about leaving,” she said. “And he looked at me and he said you know what, I don’t think I want to see you here in another year or two because he knew that I was ready to leave, and he wanted me to achieve in my career whatever I can.”

She recalled Gerald Fischman’s sharp eye for editing their “sometimes convoluted” stories.

“Gerald is kind of quiet, but he’s so smart, he has such a sharp eye and at night his job was to clean up everyone’s copy,” she said. “We were a small paper, a lot of us were young. Stories were sometimes convoluted. He would try to make sense of it and crack jokes about how it made no sense. And coming from Gerald, this quiet, sweet dude was hilarious.” 

The shooting suspect was fired by employer in 2014 for "security suitability concerns"

Shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos was terminated for “security suitability concerns” in July 2014 by his previous employer, Enterprise Information Services, where he worked as a help desk specialist within the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC, according to court documents.

Ramos filed a lawsuit against his former employer, saying it still owed him money. As part of the suit, he included a letter he wrote to the company. “No misconduct was ever cited to me and I received no explanation beyond ‘suitability concern,’” according to the letter.

Ramos said he had a conversation with his supervisor who told him “something has come to light,” but the supervisor did not explain what the issue was.

Enterprise Information Services filed a response to Ramos’ complaint, saying the federal government demanded that Ramos be terminated “citing security suitability concerns resulting from an Investigation conducted by the Office of Inspector General.” The company said it was “never informed of the exact nature of the investigation.”

Also in the court file was an email from a Bureau of Labor Statistics employee who, at the time of Ramos’ termination, informed her co-workers Ramos would not be allowed back on BLS premises “in order to mitigate potential security risk.”

Ramos argued in court filings that Enterprise Information Services owed him $1,200 in unpaid wages plus interest and court costs. A judge granted him the $1,200 but denied his motion for additional damages.

Neither Enterprise Information Services nor the Bureau of Labor Statistics immediately responded to request for comment on the nature of Ramos’ termination.

An online fundraiser for the victims raised more than $128,000 in a day

A fundraiser for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting in Maryland had already raised more than $128,000 by Friday afternoon on philanthropy-minded, and the donations keep pouring in.

“Please give what you can to help the Capital Gazette newsroom and their journalists,” the fundraising page reads. “Our hearts break for our colleagues in Annapolis and we want to do whatever we possibly can to help them pay for medical bills, funeral costs, newsroom repairs, and any other unforeseen expenses that might arise as a result of this terrible shooting.”

The fundraiser was started by Madi Alexander, a Washington, DC-based data journalist for Bloomberg Government. GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne confirmed the page’s authenticity and told CNN in an email, “we guarantee the funds will only be transferred to help those impacted by the shooting in the Gazette newsroom.”

Here's the courtroom sketch from the suspect's bail hearing

Annapolis shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos

A courtroom sketch artist captured the scene inside the Anne Arundel District Court in Maryland during suspected Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos’ bail hearing.

Judge Thomas J. Pryal ordered Ramos to be held in detention without bond, and cited a likelihood that he was a danger to others and the community. 

Ramos stood silently through the 10-minute hearing. He appeared via videoconference from a nearby Anne Arundel County detention center.

Trump: Journalists "should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job"

President Trump, speaking at an event touting his tax cut plan, took a moment to address yesterday’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

“This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job. To the families of the victims, there are no words to express our sorrow for your loss. Horrible, horrible event, horrible thing happened.”

Trump said his administration would continue working to prevent violence, saying, “My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life.”

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Suspected shooter barricaded a back door so people couldn't escape, prosecutor says

Wes Adams, a prosecutor for Anne Arundel County, said the suspected Capital Gazette shooter executed a “coordinated attack” on the newsroom, which included barricading a back entrance so people inside the building could not escape.

“We brought to the judge’s attention the evidence that suggested a coordinated attack: The barricading of a back door and the use of a tactical approach in hunting down and shooting the innocent victims in this case,” he told reporters at a press conference moments ago.

A judge ordered Ramos be held without bail.

The newspaper shooting suspect will be held without bond

Suspected Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos will be held without bond, a judge has ruled.

Ramos stood silently through a 10-minute hearing at the Anne Arundel District Court in Maryland Friday as the county’s top prosecutor revealed grizzly details of the shooting.

Judge Thomas J. Pryal, who ordered Ramos to be held in detention without bond, cited a likelihood that he was a danger to others and the community. 

Ramos, who had long dark hair and wore a dark shirt, appeared via videoconference from a nearby Anne Arundel County detention center.

Police chief: "The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could kill"

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare was just asked about the quality of ammunition used in yesterday’s newsroom shooting.

He didn’t directly answer the question, but said this:

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The gun used in the newsroom shooting was legally purchased, police chief says

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said that the shotgun used in the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting “was legally purchased a year or so ago.” He said it was a pump-action shotgun.

Police confirm facial recognition technology helped them ID the shooter

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare just told reporters that investigators were able to identify the suspected shooter using facial recognition technology.

“I can confirm for you at this time that we identified the suspect with help through other investigative techniques by using facial recognition technology, from the Maryland image repository system,” Chief Altomare said.

“We were able to use that and a couple of other techniques to make sure we knew who the bad guy was.”


Police chief refuses to say the suspected shooter's name: "He doesn't deserve us to talk about him one more second"

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare won’t say the suspected shooter’s name.

While giving an update on how investigators were able to determine his identity using facial recognition software, Altomare said, “I will not say his name today. I refuse to do it. I wish you wouldn’t do it. But I know better. He doesn’t deserve us to talk about him one more second.”


Police: The Capital Gazette staff "suffered unutterable tragedy yesterday"

Police holding a press conference about yesterday’s shooting at the Capital Gazette office started by offering condolences to the newspaper staff.

“Much like police, local newspapers become a family, and their family suffered unutterable tragedy yesterday,” Anne Arundel County police chief Timothy Altomare said.

He continued:

Most of the folks that work at the Capital Gazette work with us, daily, weekly, and we know them. It is not only a loss for them — I want them to know that. It is a loss for the Anne Arundel County Police Department and truly it’s an unutterable loss for the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

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NOW: Police hold press conference

The Anne Arundel Police Dept. is holding a news conference to update the media on the deadly shooting at Capital Gazette Newspapers on Thursday.

If you refresh the page, you should see it playing above. You can also click here.

Annapolis suspect previously worked for federal contractor

According to a spokesman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the alleged Annapolis shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos had been employed by a BLS IT contractor and his employment ended in 2014.

Suspect's first court appearance was cut short because of his noncompliance

Suspected shooter Jarrod Ramos made an court initial appearance in person at the Ann Arundel County District Court early Friday morning, around 1:30 a.m. ET, court officials said.

Ramos was asked if he wanted an attorney present and he refused to answer. The proceeding was cut short because of his noncompliance, the officials said. 

The hearing is not atypical — if someone in this county is arrested after regular court hours they appear before a commissioner, who is a judicial officer.

Ramos is expected to appear via video conference at a bail hearing later this morning. 

Soon: Suspect has a bail hearing, and police hold a press conference

There are two events we are watching this morning for news following yesterday afternoon’s deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom.

Suspect’s bail hearing: The suspected shooter was scheduled to have a bail hearing at 10:30 a.m. ET in Annapolis, but the judge just announced that he is going to conduct eight other hearings that were scheduled this morning for other cases, take a short break, then get to the suspect’s hearing. We’ll update once we learn more.

The last press conference: The Anne Arundel Police Department will hold a “final press conference” at 11:30 a.m. ET. The press conference will take place at 1130a at Annapolis High School.

His daughter was killed in 2015. He wants to honor her -- and the Capital Gazette victims -- with "sensible gun legislation."

Andy Parker — the father of Alison Parker, a Virginia TV reporter who was killed in 2015 — said enacting “sensible gun legislation” is the best way to honor both his daughter and the five Capital Gazette reporters killed yesterday.

“We’ve heard the typical thoughts and prayers from the President and thoughts and prayers are great, but we need action. I think that the best way to honor these victims and honor Alison is for this country to take action, doing sensible gun legislation,” he told CNN.

Parker said this kind of violence — not politics — is tearing America apart.

“This kind of thing is tearing this country apart. It is not the Mueller investigation: Gun violence is tearing this country apart,” he said.


Annapolis had an active shooter drill just last week, mayor says

Gavin Buckley, the mayor of Annapolis, said his city has been preparing for an active shooter situation. In fact, they had an active shooter drill just last week.

The Capital Gazette reported last week the city’s police and fire departments ran through the drill last Friday.

Here’s how the mayor described it:

“I watched us simulate people being gunned down with heads shot and shots to the chest. And then we watched the guys go through the drill and then go through and take down the shooter. And that was a drill a week ago. And then today — yesterday, we actually faced the real thing. And I think that that drill helped save some lives yesterday.

His message: “The world needs to know this can happen in anybody’s town. This is a small town where everybody knows each other, we know the journalists, we know the first responders. You see it on TV and you think, well, that couldn’t happen here.”

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Barack Obama: "What happened in Annapolis seems to happen every few weeks"

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday lamented the fact that shootings like the one in Annapolis, Maryland, “seems to happen every few weeks, few months.”

“First of all, what happened in Annapolis seems to happen every few weeks, few months,” he said. “And I am heartbroken for the families, obviously, the news organization that was affected.”

Obama was speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Los Angeles.

He added: “And I am hopeful that each time one of these tragedies strikes, we remind ourselves that this is preventable. It is not inevitable, that America is not the only nation on earth that has people who are troubled or violent, but we are unique in the weapons that those people can deploy, and it is costly.”

Maryland Governor orders state flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Annapolis shooting victims