Rob Hiaasen, Capital Gazette Editor, Among 5 Shooting Victims Identified

Law enforcement identified the five people who were shot and killed after Jarrod Ramos opened fired at the Capital Gazette Thursday afternoon.


Capital Gazette Editor Rob Hiaasen

Fox News reported:

Rob Hiaasen, a Capital Gazette editor and brother of the author Carl Hiaasen, was identified Thursday night as one of the five people who died in the newsroom shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, as friends and colleagues paid tribute to the journalist.

Rob Hiaasen was 59.

Police named the four other victims at a press conference late Thursday night:

Wendi Winters was a community news reporter for the Gazette who also wrote for multiple columns. According to her bio page, Winters was an award-winning journalist who had a background in public relations and wrote for a number of news outlets, including AP Features, before working in Maryland. She once owned her own boutique agency in New York.


Wendy Winters, Community News reporter

John McNamara was a journalist who worked at the Gazette for more than 20 years.


John McNamara

Gerald Fischman wrote for the Capital Gazette’s editorials and edited on the weekend for The Sunday Capital.


Gerald Fischman

Rebecca Smith was a sales assistant for the Capital Gazette’s advertising department.

 

Chase Cook, a reporter for the Capital Gazette tweeted, “He called me this morning asking about a headline clarification. He was an amazing editor who made me a better reporter.”

Chase Cook then tweeted, “I cannot believe he is gone.”

Authorities identified the Capital Gazette shooter, Jarrod Ramos, using facial recognition software.


Law enforcement said Jarrod Ramos had a “vendetta” against the newspaper after he sued for defamation and lost.

Ramos threatened and harassed Capital Gazette journalists for years.

He created a Twitter account and posted hundreds of tweets about his defamation case against the paper; he even harassed the judge assigned to the case.

An angry tweet aimed at the judge assigned to his defamation case was sent from Jarrod Ramos’ Twitter account shortly before he went on a shooting rampage.

Prayers for the family and loved ones affected by today’s tragic shooting.

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