Maryland shooting: Suspect barricaded doors and hunted victims

Four dead and 20 injured after gunman opens fire at newspaper office

5 people fatally shot at newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland

Capital Gazette intern Anthony Messenger spoke to NBC's Today about yesterday's shooting. The company runs multiple newspapers out of its Annapolis office. Few details were released at the court hearing on Ramos, other than that he is single, has no children and has lived for the past 17 years in an apartment in Laurel, Maryland.

Marquardt, who was the editor and publisher of the paper for 35 years, said during his interview with The Sun that he was so anxious about Ramos that he told the paper's attorneys, "This is a guy who is going to shoot us".

Police first tried to learn his identity through his fingerprints, but the fingerprint identification system was moving slowly, so police moved on to using facial recognition, the chief said.

Early Friday morning the paper tweeted about the Opinion page, which is entirely blank, besides the small, fine printed words that read: "Today we are speechless".

Eyewitness told authorities the shots sent reporters and other employees under desks and other hiding places.

"We had the instances in 2013, and then it went dark, and my understanding is that shortly before the incident, there were some posts", Altomare said.

The bloodshed initially stirred fears that the recent surge of political attacks on the "fake news media" had exploded into violence.

Donald Trump said the attack "shocked the conscious of the nation and filled our hearts with grief". "A violent attack on innocent journalists doing their job is an attack on every American".

Journalists covering stories overseas are often faced with dangers, especially when reporting on the front lines of conflict zones.

The paper followed up later that night by tweeting: "Yes, we're putting out a damn paper tomorrow". Hiassen was an assistant editor and columnist.

There was an outpouring from journalists - both from rival Maryland newsrooms and from others across the country - offering to help.

Gerald Fischman, 61, "the conscience" of the news organization who wrote editorials for more than 25 years.

John McNamara was a sports writer and copy editor who could talk fluently about everything from politics to literature.

Some of the reporters at the paper continued to work throughout the shooting, tweeting as it happened.

Rebecca Smith, 34, a recently hired sales assistant engaged to be married. "She was quirky in her own way, always had a wild story and a bit of gossip - she knew something about everything in Annapolis - and just loved kids".

The most visible sign of heightened concern was the presence of New York City police officers stationed outside the headquarters of the New York Times in Manhattan in the wake of the news from Annapolis. "He wrote a lot of warm pieces", Altomare said, emphasizing that "all of them were consummate professionals".

The fatal shooting of five employees of the Capital Gazette seems to have deepened a general sense among journalists that the ugly emails and phone calls they ordinarily receive might be something more than just a disgruntled individual blowing off steam. Five days later, an article about the case appeared in The Capital, one of Capital Gazette's publications.

Sisters Katie and Kelly O'Brian came bearing drinks and snacks for the officers.

At the entrance to the area, onlookers left flowers and a T-shirt with the inscription: "What part of "thou shalt not" don't you understand".

"The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could kill", he said, though he declined to say how many rounds the gunman brought with him.

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