Staff At Maryland Newspaper Shot

Staff At Maryland Newspaper Shot

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, report the BBC and CNN.

Police called the shooting a "targeted attack."

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," a Capital Gazette police reporter tweeted shortly after the shooting.

The five victims were all employees of the Gazette, according to police, including several journalists.

The suspected gunman entered the building with a shotgun and smoke grenades and walked through the lower level of the building, where the newspaper is housed, Anne Arundel County deputy police chief Bill Krampf said.

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.

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