VIDEO: Victims of Maryland newsroom shooting remembered, honored

Victims of newsroom shooting identified

BALTIMORE, MD (WVUE) - Police found the man accused of killing five people in a Maryland newsroom cowering under a desk Thursday afternoon..
The suspected shooter had a long history of threatening the paper.

Jarrod Ramos, 38, had a history of harassing journalists and even filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper. He was known to staff members there as someone who had a problem with the publication.

Police say he opened fire on journalists, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades.

This morning The Baltimore Sun tweeted this picture of Gazette staff working in a parking lot Thursday afternoon to cover the story of their coworkers who were killed, with the quote from one, "I don't know what else to do."

You can see two staff members embracing in the Sun's photo. One was off when the shooting happened and rushed to the scene to help his colleagues.

The staff were determined to put a paper out Friday morning.

And they did not miss their mark.

The opinion page, left intentionally blank to honor the five people killed, listing their names with a line that reads, "Today, we are speechless."

A quote that reads loud on the opinion page the day after the mass killing.

Staff members say Ramos blasted his way through a glass window at the Gazette and started shooting through the newsroom.

Several people in the newsroom said they had to hide under their desks as the shooter unloaded his weapon, and even heard him reloading while they were searching for safety.

For one staff writer, the scene of watching her coworkers killed in front of her was terrifying.

"I'm not sure exactly in the next couple seconds what happened, but then I know that John was standing up. I heard the footsteps, and he, John got shot," said staff writer Selene San Felice. "It was very close. I saw him get shot, but I didn't see the gunman or anything. He fell down. I mean, I heard footsteps a couple times."

The five victims of the shooting have been identified.

According to the Gazette, Gerald Fischman, the editorial page director, was a clever and quirky voice of the paper. John MacNamara, a writer, considered sports reporting his dream job. Rebecca Smith, a sales assistant, was recently hired by the paper but proved a valuable asset of the team. Robert Hiaasen, an assistant editor and columnist, was considered a joyful stylist and mentor. And Wendi Winters, the special publications editor, was a prolific writer who chronicled the community.

Ramos had his first court date Friday morning.

The former editor of the paper, Tom Marquardt, said Ramos was known to the newspaper as a powder keg ready to go off. He said they considered filing a restraining order on him, and said when he was editor he predicted that Ramos might be the kind of guy that "could come in and shoot us."