Another reporter, Selene San Felice, said she heard the first shots and grabbed her purse before heading to a nearby back door.
"The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could", Anne Arundel County chief Timothy Altomare said after one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in United States history.
The victims were Wendi Winters, 65, editor and community reporter; Rebecca Smith, 34, sales assistant; Robert Hiaasen, 59, assistant editor and columnist; Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial writer; and John McNamara, 56, reporter and editor. Cook's message resonated with many who were following the story, including journalists who work for other news outlets but offered to pitch in if they could help the Capital.
Assistant managing editor Rob Hiaasen's family is "devastated" by his death, said his brother, author Carl Hiaasen.
President Donald Trump, who routinely calls reporters "liars" and "enemies of the people", said, "Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs".
Gazette reporters said their staff is small, and they are determined not to let the shooting deter them from their doing their jobs.
Another fellow journalist, Jan Winburn, who had worked with Hiaasen for a decade, said he had a true passion for the craft. They do journalism because they love what theydo. "And they got a newspaper out today", Buckley told Fox News.
Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Maryland flags across the state to fly at half-staff until sunset Monday to honor the lives taken.
Krampf said threats were sent to the Capital Gazette over social media.
Neither Mr Hartley nor Mr Marquardt is still employed by the paper or were at its office on Thursday.
According to a legal document, an article contended that Ramos had harassed a woman on Facebook and that he had pleaded guilty to criminal harassment. His public defenders had no comment. Police later said the gunman explicitly targeted the newspaper.
Marquardt, the former publisher, said he talked with the newspaper's attorneys about seeking a restraining order but didn't because he and others thought it could provoke Ramos into something worse.
The bold headline was simple: "5 Shot dead at The Capital".
"I think people who are the subject of newspaper articles, whoever they may be, feel that there is a requirement that they be placed in the best light, or they have an opportunity to have the story reported to their satisfaction, or have the opportunity to have however much input they believe is appropriate", Lamasney told Ramos.
"I'm a police reporter".
After his grandmother died several years ago, Ramos stopped attending family gatherings, she said.
The account went dormant from January 2016 until 2.37pm Thursday when a message appeared: "F-- you, leave me alone".
The unnamed bank worker spoke of her fears as Jarrod Ramos, 38, was charged yesterday with murdering five staff at the Capital Gazette office in Annapolis, Maryland. He will face either a preliminary court hearing or grand jury indictment within the next 30 days.
► Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.