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Five people dead after shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland

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Updated June 28, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

Officials have released the names of the five people killed in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper.

Lt. Ryan Frashure of Anne Arundel County Police read the names at a news conference Thursday night, hours after the shooting at The Capital Gazette.

They are: Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Rebecca Smith, and Rob Hiaasen.

Winters was the special publications editor. McNamara was a writer. Fischman was editorial page editor. Smith was a sales assistant. Hiassen was an assistant editor and columnist.

Wendi Winters: Publications Editor

Special publications editor Wendi Winters was "the heart of the newspaper," Gunn said.

Winters was passionate about serving the community and a role model for younger journalist, he recalled.

"She was in many ways the best part of the newspaper in that she cared so much about the city," he said.

Gerald Fischman: Editorial Page Editor

Gerald Fischman, the editorial page editor at the Capital Gazette, was an "old-fashioned journalist," a former editor of the paper said.

Steve Gunn remembered Fischman as "the master of AP style" who "made sure everything was just right."

"He was famous for working long days and being very precise in his language and always making sure the editorial page reflected the heart of the newspaper," Gunn said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Fischman had worked at the paper 26 years, .

Rebecca Smith: Sales Assistant

John McNamara: Reporter

John McNamara was a longtime staff writer at the paper.

Gunn said McNamara was workmanlike — "classic come to work and tell me what I need to do."

Rob Hiaasen: Assistant Editor

Journalist Rob Hiaasen's family is "devastated" by his death, said his brother, author Carl Hiaasen.

Carl Hiaasen, a prolific novelist and a longtime columnist for the Miami Herald, confirmed that his brother, also a columnist and an editor, was one of the Annapolis victims.

In a brief phone call with The Associated Press, Carl Hiaasen said his family "was devastated beyond words" by the senseless killing of his brother at The Capital Gazette.

"He was the most remarkable person. So gifted and talented and dedicated to journalism," he said, his voice choked with emotion.

Saying he was too wracked with grief to speak further, Hiaasen referred an AP reporter to something he had just posted to his Facebook page, describing Rob as one of the most "gentle and funny people I've ever known."

Gunn, the former Capital Gazette editor, said Rob Hiaasen was a "gifted editor who had an aura of an artist around him who made people want to make journalism a beautiful craft.

Updated June 28, 2018 09:54 PM EDT

On Thursday night, it was confirmed that Capital Gazette editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen was killed during the shooting.

Two people who were injured were transported with minor injuries to Anne Arundel Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson says. The victims did not suffer gunshot wounds, and one has been released. The other is expected to be released this evening.

A third injured person was transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. That person's condition is not known.

One of the five who died was transported to a hospital and died there. The other four died on the scene.

Updated June 28, 2018 09:12 PM EDT

Authorities say the suspect, who is in custody, is a white male in his late 30s and a Maryland resident. He is currently being interviewed by investigators.

Multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News the alleged shooter is being tentatively identified as Jarrod Ramos of Laurel, Maryland.

Ramos had previously sued the paper for defamation and lost.

After a lengthy search of the office building, police confirmed they don't believe there were other assailants. The suspect and police did not exchange gunfire when he was taken into custody, officers say.

Updated June 28, 2018 08:46 PM EDT

Authorities say the suspect, who is in custody, is a Maryland resident. After a lengthy search of the building, police confirmed they don't believe there are other assailants. The suspect and police did not exchange gunfire when he was taken into custody, officers say.

Police also say they are hearing that the gunman had an issue with the newspaper previously. They are working to confirm that information.

Two people who were injured were transported with minor injuries to Anne Arundel Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson says. The victims did not suffer gunshot wounds, and one has been released. The other is expected to be released this evening.

A third injured person was transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. That person's condition is not known.

About 170 people were escorted out of the building safely, police say. The building also contains other types of businesses, including a doctor's office and dentist's office. The scene has been handed over to crime scene investigators.

Investigators say the suspect used smoke grenades in his attack and that a bag of those were found inside the Capital Gazette building.

“This person was prepared today,” said Anne Arundel County acting police chief William Krampf.

Krampf also said the suspect had sent threats to the paper via social media.

Governor Larry Hogan was on the scene in Annapolis quickly Thursday, releasing the following statement:

President Donald Trump also tweeted after being briefed on the incident.

Updated June 28, 2018 07:49 PM EDT

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper shooting mutilated his fingers in what investigators think was an effort to prevent him from being easily identified.

The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official says investigators believe the suspect was attempting to prevent them from getting a fingerprint match.

The official says that investigators have nonetheless been able to identify the man, though it was not immediately clear how.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (ABC7) — Five people are dead after a shooter opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper on Bestgate Road in Annapolis around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police say.

Police say three others are believed to be injured, and a suspect is in custody.

Authorities describe the suspect as a white man with a pony tail. After a lengthy search of the building, police confirmed they don't believe there are other assailants.

The suspect and police did not exchange gunfire when he was taken into custody, officers say, and there are reports that he is being uncooperative with investigators and does not have identification on him.

About 170 people were escorted out of the building safely, police say. The building also contains other types of businesses, including a doctor's office and dentist's office. The scene has been handed over to crime scene investigators.

A Capital Gazette reporter tweeted a short time ago that a single shooter shot multiple people in the office.

ABC7's Brad Bell reports that a shotgun was involved.

"I have a lot of old friends there," Tom Marquardt, the former editor of The Capital Gazette told ABC News. "The suspense is really terrible. The offices are on the ground floor. The newsroom is very open. We wanted people to feel free to come in and discuss the issues of the day. We dealt with threats in the past. We were always very concerned about security. It was an open building. We didn’t want to been seen like a closed institution. But there were angry readers. We’ve had time where we had threats because of who we endorsed for an election. I personally got threats. Others got threats. In my day we did call the police a couple times. But these were mostly anonymous. Nothing like this."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Anne Arundel County executive Stephen R. Shue thanked law enforcement professionals who reported to the scene. Hogan says police responded within 60 seconds.

"There are several people who have died from this incident and several people who have died from this incident and several others who are injured," Shuh said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and take care knowing they are in God's embrace."

Shooting reported at Maryland newspaper

A property manager for the building tells CBS News that the building had no security and that anyone could walk in. The newspaper's office are on the first floor of the building.

Capital Gazette Communications LLC publishes The Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper serving Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Kent Island. The company is one of the oldest publishers in the country. It started in 1727 with the birth of the Maryland Gazette.

Capital Gazette Communications moved to its current offices at 888 Bestgate Road in September 2014.

The newspaper tweeted out the story using their account saying, "Five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting at the Capital Gazette office, according to police. A shooter is in custody."

The Baltimore Sun, the newspaper's owner, has been updating the story on the newspaper's website as the Gazette staff continues to reel from Thursday's incident.

The New York Police Department has deployed "counterterrorism teams to media organizations in and around New York City...out of an abundance of caution," following the incident.

Governor Larry Hogan is on the scene in Annapolis, and President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident.

Authorities are asking people to avoid the area, but a reunification center for families has been opened at the Lord & Taylor at Westfield Annapolis mall.

People in the area started sharing information about a large police presence in the area shortly before 3 p.m.

Shooting at Annapolis, Maryland newspaper

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as details become available.

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