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Maryland Shooting: Gazette Staff Publish Friday Edition

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Staff at a Maryland newspaper have published a Friday edition, after a gunman killed five people and injured more at the local paper's office.
Chase Cook, a reporter at the Capital Gazette, had tweeted: "We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow."

His post came just hours after the attacker, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades, shot through a glass door into the newsroom.

Police called the shooting a "targeted attack".

The paper has tweeted the front page of their Friday paper, as well as obituaries for their colleagues.

US media have named a suspect held by police as Jarrod Ramos, who is reported to have unsuccessfully sued the newspaper group in 2012 for defamation. The Anne Arundel Police Department have not, however, yet named the suspect.

A Capital Gazette reporter tweeted that Mr Ramos had been charged with "five counts of first-degree murder", and would have a bail review on Saturday.

First reports of the shooting came at 14.40 local time (19.40 BST).

Journalists inside the building posted on social media as the gunman fired through the glass door of the office with a shotgun and shot at staff inside.

Another staff member at the Capital Gazette, Selene San Felice, told CNN that her first reaction to the shooting was to lie down under her desk, adding that she attempted to exit through a rear door but it was locked.

Crime reporter Phil Davis was also in the building and told The Baltimore Sun - part of the same media group as the Gazette - that he and his colleagues hid under their desks.

County executive Steve Schuh told CNN that the suspect was hiding under a desk in the building when police officers arrived "within 60 seconds" of receiving news of the incident. He said there was "no exchange of fire".

"This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette," said William Krampf, deputy chief of Anne Arundel County Police. He added that the gunman "entered the building with a shotgun and looked for his victims as he walked through the lower level". 

Speaking to reporters, Mr Krampf said an item "we believed to be an explosive device" had been found at the premises and destroyed. He said it turned out to be a smoke bomb.

Police said they safely evacuated 170 people from the building, which housed 30 other businesses.

Authorities have named the victims of the shooting:

  •     Wendi Winters, 65, editor and community reporter
  •     Rebecca Smith, 34, sales assistant
  •     Robert Hiaasen, 59, assistant editor and columnist
  •     Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial writer
  •     John McNamara, 56, reporter and editor
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