BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A local journalist has organized a fundraiser to support the victims of the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.
Madi Alexander, a data reporter for Bloomberg, told our media partner The Baltimore Sun that she felt an overwhelming need to help after hearing about the tragic shooting.READ MORE: Driver Trapped After Crash With Light Rail Train In Baltimore, Fire Union Says
“I can’t stop shaking because I can’t stop thinking about how this could be any one of us,” Alexander told The Sun. “There’s nothing to keep this from happening to any newsroom or newspaper across the country.”
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At least five people were killed and at least two others were injured in the shooting inside the building that houses the newspaper and dozens of other businesses.
The victims have all been identified as Capital Gazette employees: editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, editor/reporter John McNamara, sales assistant Rebecca Smith and community correspondent Wendi Winters.
More than 170 people were evacuated from the building.
Capital Gazette editor Rob Hiaasen is among the victims, our media partner The Baltimore Sun reports.READ MORE: Turgeon Still Hoping For Long Postseason Run At Maryland
Several Capital Gazette reporters shared details of the horrifying scene.
Law enforcement officials said the shooter, identified as 38-year-old Maryland resident Jarrod W. Ramos, was found hiding under a desk. He was interrogated by police after being taken into custody. Authorities said he would not cooperate and did not have identification on him. The suspect also damaged his fingertips in an effort to avoid identification.
A U.S. official says the suspect was identified using facial recognition technology.
Police are reportedly executing a search warrant at an address associated with the suspect.
Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said the suspect was armed with what was described as a long-gun shotgun. CBS News reports that the suspect had fake grenades, smoke bombs and flash bangs on him when he was arrested.
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