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    Media literally under fire in Capital Gazette shooting

    Newswatch: In a media shooting reminiscent of the Charlie Hebdo attack, five staff members of the Capital Gazette were killed and two injured when a man armed with a shotgun entered their newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday afternoon.

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    Capital Gazette itself reports:

    Journalists dived under their desks and pleaded for help on social media. One reporter described the scene as a “war zone.” A photographer said he jumped over a dead colleague and fled for his life.
    The targeted attack comes after a Capital Gazette columnist wrote about a criminal harassment case against alleged shooter, Jarrod W Ramos.

    Time confirms that 170 people were safely evacuated from the building, which houses 30 tenants.

    Capital Gazette quotes their crime reporter Phil Davis, in describing the scene as follows:

    I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time. But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.
    This specific shooting is a severe blow for media freedom, and tributes are pouring in on social media, with many pointing out a link to US President Donald Trump branding the free press as 'enemy of the people' just this week:

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