Gerald Fischman, a 61-year-old editor and writer for the Capital Gazette, has been confirmed as one of the five victims who was shot dead during the deadly rampage inside of the newspaper’s building on Thursday, June 28. The other deceased victims were Wendi Winters, Robert Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, and John McNamara. All five victims were employees of the newspaper.
Fischman was with the company for more than 25 years. He was known for a “quirky, low-key demeanor belied a biting sense of humor that charmed his colleagues.”
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Jarrod Ramos, 38, has been identified as the suspected shooter in the incident which reportedly left at least five people dead and several more “gravely injured” in Annapolis, Maryland. NBC News and CBS News were among the first to confirm his identity. On Thursday, June 25, police responded to an active shooter situation at the Capital Gazette News building. The incident took place outside of the Capital Gazette newsroom. According to FOX 46, “Anne Arundel County police said the shots fired report came in at about 2:35 p.m. in the 800 block of Bestgate Road near the Westfield Annapolis Mall.”
The Capital Gazette had received threats on social media earlier in the day, according to law enforcement officials. Shortly after police responded to the active shooter situation, reports surfaced that Ramos was apprehended and taken into custody.
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