It is with sadness that we report the death of

Albion Bacon,

President of the

Arden Community Association.

It is with great sadness that we include here the report of the ruthless attack on the Capital Gazette Newspaper and the death of five Capital Gazette employees

Gerald Fischman

Rob Hiaasen

John McNamara

Rebecca Smith

Wendi Winters


We share in Annapolis' grief for their senseless deaths and for their families and friends.

Laurel man, the suspected gunman, in custody


By Chase Cook, Phil Davis, Selene San Felice, E.B. Furgurson III, Rachael Pacella, Danielle Ohl, Joshua McKerrow, Paul W. Gillespie, David Broughton and Bob Hough


Five employees of The Capital Gazette — Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters — were killed Thursday when a gunman entered the newspaper’s offices and opened fire.


“We are heartbroken, devastated. Our colleagues and friends are gone. No matter how deep our loss is nothing compared to the grief our friends’ families are feeling,” said Capital Editor Rick Hutzell.


Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, of Laurel, who had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper, is being held as a suspect in the deadly shooting, according to law enforcement sources.


The suspect targeted The Capital and used smoke grenades and a shotgun during the attack, according to law enforcement officials. Police arrived on the scene in about a minute after the incident began and did not exchange gunfire with the shooter, officials said.


The Capital’s office is in a multi-story building on Bestgate Road with other businesses. Police said more than 100 people were evacuated.

Fischman, 61, wrote The Capital’s editorials, edited the editorial page and handled other editing duties.


Hiaasen, 59, was a native of Fort Lauderdale and a graduate of the University of Florida. He was hired as the assistant editor of The Capital in 2010.

Previously, he was a staff reporter for The Baltimore Sun for 15 years. He was also a staff reporter for The Palm Beach Post in Florida and was a news anchor and reporter at news-talk radio stations throughout the South.


His feature column appeared Sundays in the Life section of The Capital .


McNamara, 56, a sportswriter turned community news editor, was the editor of the Bowie Blade-News and the Crofton-West County Gazette . He has worked in various capacities for Capital Gazette for more than 20 years.


Smith, 34, a sales assistant, worked in the news organization’s office in Annapolis.


Winters, 65, covered various subjects as a community news reporter and the columnist for Home of the Week, Teen of the Week, and Around Broadneck columns — and more. She had a background in public relations, having worked for two New York City agencies, and had owned her own boutique agency in the Big Apple. Before her move to Annapolis, Winters began writing for AP Features, Copley News and a Manhattan weekly.


Journalists at The Capital found themselves reporting on the gunman’s attack Thursday as events unfolded. Phil Davis, The Capital’s police reporter, was inside the building when the gunman entered.


“Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees,” Davis tweeted after he was safe. “Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad.”

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