What we know about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis

A gunman blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun on June 28, killing five people and injuring two others, authorities said.

Here’s what we know:


The victims

» Rob Hiaasen, 59, a former feature writer for The Baltimore Sun who joined the Capital Gazette in 2010 as an assistant editor and columnist. He is remembered as a joyful stylist and a generous mentor.


» Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who headed special publications and was a prolific writer who chronicled her community.

» Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor remembered as the clever, quirky voice of a community newspaper.

» John McNamara, 56, a staff writer who had covered high school, college and professional sports for decades; sports reporting was his dream job.

» Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant hired in November who had already proved herself a valuable asset.

» Two other Capital Gazette staffers, Rachael Pacella, a reporter who covers education and the Naval Academy, and Janel Cooley, a sales representative who covers downtown Annapolis, were injured. Both were treated and released.

The suspect

» Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, of Laurel was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to online court records.

» He was uncooperative with police, who resorted to using facial recognition technology to identify him, officials said.


» Ramos wore a dark scrub style shirt and did not speak at his bail review hearing Friday morning, and was ordered held without bail by a district court judge. “There is a certain likelihood you are a danger,” Judge Thomas Pryal said.

» The suspect held a long-standing grudge against the newspaper over a 2011 article that covered a criminal harassment charge brought against him, authorities said.

» In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and a columnist. The suit worked its way through the Maryland courts until 2015, when the state’s second-highest court upheld a ruling in favor of the newspaper.

» “I remember telling our attorneys, 'This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us,’ ” said Thomas Marquardt, the paper’s former editor and publisher, who was named as one of the defendants.

» Ramos was convicted of harassing a woman who successfully placed three restraining orders against him. He pleaded guilty to harassment, receiving a 90-day suspended sentence with 18 months probation. He was required to be evaluated and attend counseling for psychiatric or psychological treatment and to stay away from the woman and her family.

» Ramos allegedly mailed threatening letters before the shooting rampage that said he was on his way to the newspaper “with the objective of killing every person present.”


The attack

» The gunman barricaded the rear exit of the Capital Gazette newsroom before shooting his way through the front glass doors with a legally purchased, 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun at 2:33 p.m. on June 28, officials said.

» There were 11 people in the Capital Gazette newsroom at the time of the attack.

» One reporter described the scene as a “war zone.” A photographer said he jumped over a dead colleague and fled for his life. A tweet with the building’s address and the words “please help us” was sent from an intern’s account.

» A photographer heard Wendi Winters shout, “No!” during the attack. She had recently participated in an active-shooter training course. Her surviving co-workers believe she might have confronted the shooter because she was found in an aisle, not at her desk.

» Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams called it a “coordinated attack.”


» “The fellow was there to kill as many people as possible,” Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said.

» Officers responded to the scene within a minute of the rampage, authorities said. Employees hiding listened as the shooting stopped. The suspect hid under a desk and was arrested.

The response

» Grieving colleagues immediately began covering the story — some of them upon escaping the building. The Capital put out a newspaper the next day. “I don’t know what else to do except this,” reporter Chase Cook said, the grief showing in his eyes.

» A Washington journalist started a GoFundMe online fundraiser, aiming to raise $70,000 for the shooting victims. The donations have since surpassed $183,000. “I can’t stop shaking because I can’t stop thinking about how this could be any one of us,” said the journalist, Madi Alexander, a data reporter for Bloomberg Government.

» Heartbroken colleagues will pay tribute to the victims by continuing to deliver the news, said Trif Alatzas, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes the Capital Gazette.

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» Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the flag lowered to half-staff Friday. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said President Donald Trump denied his initial request to lower American flags to half-staff nationwide. Trump on Tuesday reversed his decision and allowed flags to be lowered.

» A memorial service for Rob Hiassen was held Monday at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills. Services for the other victims will be held Saturday for Wendi Winters; Sunday for Rebecca Smith; and July 10 for John McNamara. Services for Gerald Fischman will be held privately, as requested by his family.

» In an address from the White House, President Donald J. Trump said the 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 jobs,” he said.

» A new fundraiser called the Capital Gazette Families Fund has been set up for those interested in donating to the families, victims and survivors, the newspaper’s owner announced Friday. The fund will be managed through the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and the Michael and Jacky Ferro Family Foundation will match up to $1 million of donations, according to tronc, the parent company of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes The Capital. In addition, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up for journalism students at the University of Maryland College Park.

» The Orioles on Friday left a copy of The Capital, as well as a bouquet of white lilies, at the newspaper’s Camden Yards press box seat. The team also held a moment of silence for the five victims.

» Italian graphic journalist Gianluca Costantini illustrated tributes to slain Capital Gazette employees.


» The American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors have asked newsrooms worldwide to observe a moment of silence on Thursday to remember the slain journalists. The moment of silence will begin at 2:33 p.m. — the time the gunman entered the Capital Gazette just one week ago.