Survivors of Capital Gazette newsroom shooting tell of horror and appeal for gun law reform as paper picks up 1,600 new subscribers

Survivors of Capital Gazette newsroom shooting tell of horror and appeal for gun law reform as paper picks up 1,600 new subscribers

Survivors of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in the US have spoken of their horror as five people were gunned down in the newsroom. Suspected gunman Jarrod Ramos, 38, was arrested after officers stormed the building in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday last week. An intern at the daily paper had tweeted that there was an “active shooter” and issued a call for help while the attack was taking place. Despite the loss of five staff, of which four were journalists and one a sales assistant, the Gazette published a paper on Friday. Speaking in Saturday’s edition , staff writer Phil Davis said: “I heard a woman scream. “The shots were getting closer as he was walking up the alley to the back door and shooting people on the way. “I knew someone was killed or very hurt.” There were 11 people in the Capital Gazette newsroom at the time of the attack at 2.30pm. In a statement police said the shooter was armed with a shotgun and gas pellets and that “his intent was to cause harm”. Survivors described the attacker as systematically shooting his way through the office as they ducked for cover under their desks. “There were shots after he reloaded,” said Davis. “He reloaded the shells individually. I stayed under my desk hoping he didn’t hear me.” Photographer Paul Gillespie said: “I dove under that desk as fast as I could and, by the grace of God, he didn’t look over there. “I was […]

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