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A newspaper stand in Annapolis. Photo: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images

Five people are dead and two are injured after a shooter opened fired in the Capital Gazette's newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday.

The latest: Deputy Chief Bill Krampf said that the suspect, who has been identified as 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, entered the building with a shotgun and canisters of smoke grenades, looking for victims as he walked through the lower level of the building. "This person was prepared to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people, his intent was to cause harm," said Krampf.

The five victims have been identified by the Baltimore Sun, which has the same owner:

  • Rob Hiaasen, 59, an editor at the Capital. He had just celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary, "was a philosopher and a poet. He was a coach, and he was a mentor. He wanted to teach young journalists to be better," said Tina Reed, a former reporter at the paper.
  • Wendi Winters, 65, "a community correspondent who headed special publications."
  • Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor.
  • John McNamara, 56, "a staff writer who had covered high school, college and professional sports for decades."
  • Rebecca Smith, 34,"a sales assistant hired in November."

Updates:

  • In July 2011, a columnist at the paper reportedly covered a criminal harassment case against Ramos. Ramos later brought a defamation lawsuit against the columnist, as well as the Capital's former editor and publisher, according to the Sun.
  • Yes, but police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting. Krampf said the suspect has "possibly" interacted with the Capital Gazette over social media — the Capital received threats that "indicated violence" as early as Thursday — though authorities have not yet confirmed if those threats came from the suspect.
  • The suspect "mutilated" his fingers, the Associated Press reports, hoping "to thwart identification." Krampf said there was not information they could give out about that at this time.

From the scene: Capital Gazette courts and crime reporter Phil Davis tweeted from the scene while waiting to be interviewed by police: "A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead... 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... There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.

Despite the tragedy that unfolded before them today, the Capital's employees have remained resilient, and still published a paper for Friday morning.

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Two wildfires were threatening California's sequoia trees over overnight — hours after authorities issued fresh evacuation orders and warnings, along with air quality alerts.

The big picture: Air quality alerts were issued Wednesday for the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley as smoke from the Windy and KNP Complex fires resulted in hazy, "ash-filled" skies from Fresno to Tulare, the Los Angeles Times notes.

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Why it matters: People infected with COVID-19 can spread the coronavirus starting from two days before they display symptoms, according to the CDC. Quarantine helps prevent the virus' spread.

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A federal judge on Tuesday struck down parts of a Florida law aimed at banning local governments from establishing sanctuary city policies, arguing in part that the law is racially motivated and that it has the support of hate groups.

Why it matters: In a 110-page ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said the law — signed and championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because it was adopted with discriminatory motives.

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