Washington, June 29: At least five people lost their lives and several injured on Thursday several after a gunman opened fire at the offices of The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
The suspect, identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was taken into custody after the targeted attack on Thursday at the office of the Capital Gazette located in Annapolis, reports The New York Times.
In America, the attack has been deemed as the deadliest day for journalism.
Ramos had a long history of conflict with the daily, which produces a number of local newspapers along Maryland’s shore.
He lost a defamation case against the paper in 2015 over a 2011 column he contended defamed him. The column provided an account of Ramos’s guilty plea to criminal harassment of a woman over social media.
“This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people,” The Washington Post quoted Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf said.
“His intent was to cause harm.”
All the deceased were Capital Gazette employees: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.
The shooting reportedly began at about 3 p.m. in the office building just outside downtown Annapolis.
Gazette journalist Phil Davis described the incident as a “war zone” and a situation that would be “hard to describe for a while”.
After his arrest, Ramos refused to cooperate with the authorities or provide his name. He was identified using facial recognition technology, a law enforcement official told The New York Times.
US President Donald Trump tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families”.
The Capital Gazette, which comprises of 31 editorial staff, had a daily circulation of about 29,000 and a Sunday circulation of 34,000 as of 2014.
Commonly known as the Capital, the paper was founded in 1884 as the Evening Gazette.