Police chief on deadly Maryland newspaper shooting: 'This was a targeted attack'

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Winters was an editor and community reporter for the Capital Gazette, writing several weekly columns.

"When I sat for my endorsement interviews in 2010, he made it clear to me it was to be earned and by no means was guaranteed", former two-term Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit told the newspaper. Neither suffered gunshot wounds. One patient was being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a spokesperson confirmed. At his bail hearing on Friday morning, he was denied bond. Governor Hogan is expected to speak at a press conference at the scene of the shooting. The suspect, 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, who reportedly had a long-standing feud with the paper was arrested.

Police reporter Phil Davis said he could hear people getting shot as he took cover.

Police and ATF agents were seen at the Dona Apartments in Laurel, Maryland Thursday night where Ramos is believed to have lived. The gunman has been taken to custody.

According to source he had damaged his own fingerprints and had to be identified by facial recognition software.

A bulletin emailed to Maryland law enforcement officials identified him.

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Court documents revealed that Ramos was terminated in July 2014 by his employer, Enterprise Information Services, where he worked as a help desk specialist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. 2013: Ramos filed a lawsuit against Anne Arundel County District Judge John McKenna.

The daily newspaper and sister publications has an editorial staff of around 45 supported by a sales and advertising team of about 10 staff, according to the company's website.

Police said when the shooter first entered the building on Bestgate Road Thursday afternoon, he was armed with a shotgun and used smoke grenade canisters when he came in.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, which tracks threats to journalists around the world, said that "seven journalists have been killed in relation to their work in the United States" since the group began its tracking effort in 1992.

Tronc Chairman and CEO Justin Dearborn releases a statement following the deadly shooting in the Capital-Gazette newsroom.

At the time, a detective spoke with legal counsel for the paper, Altomare said.

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Saying he was too wracked with grief to speak further, Hiaasen referred an AP reporter to something he had just posted to his Facebook page, describing Rob as one of the most "gentle and amusing people I've ever known".

"A lawyer would nearly certainly have told him not to proceed with this case", the court wrote in the opinion, according to the Gazette. The account has tweeted several times about the paper and Hartley.

"There was a fear that doing so would exasperate an already flammable situation", he said.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of Loren Farquhar.

The last time multiple journalists were killed while on assignment in the USA was in 2015, when an ex-employee attacked two members of a WDBJ TV news crew during a live report in Virginia.

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