Five killed in ‘targeted attack’ in US media house
The shooting stories seem increasing in US. After Trump got into power the number of gun firing is increasing day by day.In the latest incident Five people were killed and two others injured when a man armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades stormed into the newsroom of a community newspaper chain in the US state of Maryland, prompting law enforcement agencies to provide protection at the headquarters of all American media organisations.
The suspect, identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was taken into custody after the targeted attack at the office of the Capital Gazette located in Annapolis, reports The New York Times. The attack has been deemed as the deadliest day for journalism in America in several years.
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.
Four of the victims died on the spot while the fifth was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Medical Centre.
The shooting began at about 3 p.m. in the office building just outside downtown Annapolis, The Washington Post reported.
Ramos entered the building with a shotgun and looked for his victims, the police said.The police, who arrived at the scene within a minute of the reported gunfire, apprehended Ramos found hiding under a desk in the newsroom.
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. The paper promotes itself as one of the oldest publishers in the country, with roots dating to the Maryland Gazette in 1727.