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Five dead, 20 injured in 'targeted attack' at Annapolis-based Capital Gazette newspaper

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 June 2018, 11:37 IST

A gunman barged through the main door of the Annapolis, Maryland-based daily Capital Gazette on Thursday. At least five are dead and 20 others badly injured and rest managed to flee and spread the news of the gun attack.

The first public report came around 2:43 p.m through a tweet by an intern of the newspaper. In his tweet he wrote, "Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us," Immediately after reading this tweet, emergency workers reached on the address.

Following this tweet, there was another tweet by Capital reporter Phil Davis, he wrote, "A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,"

In another tweet, he wrote, "Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad."

One of the eye-witnesses said, "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload."

Then came a heartbreaking tweet by the Capital's community news editor and columnist, Jimmy DeButts, he wrote, "Devastated & heartbroken," Another tweet said, "Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews. I'm in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays - just a passion for telling stories from our community,"

He also wrote, "We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, breaking news, tax hikes, school budgets & local entertainment, We are there in times of tragedy. We do our best to share the stories of people, those who make our community better. Please understand, we do all this to serve our community."

The daily newspaper was founded in 1884, but it has roots before the nation's birth. A sister paper, Maryland Gazette was founded in 1727 in Annapolis. The daily focuses on community news, local politics, high school stories, entertainment and sports.

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First published: 29 June 2018, 11:37 IST