Wendi Winters, a veteran journalist with more than a decade of experience, was one of the five victims gunned down inside of the Capital Gazette building on Thursday, June 28. Winters, who was 65 years old, was a news reporter after beginning in fashion and public relations. She joined the staff at The Capital in May of 2013.
The other deceased victims were Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara. All five victims were employees of the newspaper.
Winters was a mother of four.
“My mother was a wonderful woman and a fantastic reporter. Her life was a gift to everyone who knew her and the world will not be the same without her. We are grieving and trying to make sure all of us can be together to celebrate the life of our mother,” her daughter Winters Geimer told the Baltimore Sun after the tragic shooting.
This is Wendi Winters, one of the five people murdered by a shooter in #Annapolis today. These are the faces I want to see and the names I want to remember. pic.twitter.com/1Pp1aq3ooU
— Kate (@KateERyan) June 29, 2018
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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