“He was happening our newsroom, ranging from the entrance and simply frequently taking pictures folks,” Phil Davis, a police reporter on the newspaper stated.
Armed with a shotgun, the gunman opened fireplace by the entrance doorways of the newsroom round three p.m.
4 staff had been killed on the scene; a fifth individual, who was shot within the higher physique and arm, died on the hospital.
When the gunman walked inside, he may simply see the whole newsroom. Many of the workers had been at their desks and the editors had been of their places of work lined up on the left.
“It is a utterly open newsroom,” stated Terry Smith, a columnist for the Capital Gazette.
“There are glass home windows throughout the room. There’s nothing apart from a number of half-walls on the editors’ places of work on the left to impede a shooter,” he added.
One other reporter, Selene San Felice, stated she heard the primary pictures and grabbed her purse earlier than heading to a close-by again door. Two different staffers and an intern who had been additionally attempting to get away joined her, however the door was locked.
“I am undecided precisely within the subsequent couple seconds what occurred, however I do know that John was standing up,” San Felice stated. “I heard the footsteps, and John received shot. It was very shut. I noticed him get shot, however I did not see the gunman or something.”
There have been no screams. It was all silence and the sound of gunshots touring by the newsroom of one of many oldest newspapers within the nation, reporters recalled.
San Felice may hear the gunman’s footsteps as she sat beneath a desk. She was praying and texted her mother and father to inform them that she beloved them. Attempting to go unnoticed, she additionally tried to name 911.
“I am positive I used to be respiratory actually loud, and I used to be attempting to not, however I simply — I could not be quiet,” she stated.
Davis who was additionally hiding beneath a desk stated he questioned to himself, “Are all of us going to die?” when he heard the gunman reload.
“I am a police reporter. I write about these things — not essentially to this extent, however shootings and loss of life — on a regular basis,” he informed the Baltimore Solar. “However as a lot as I’ll attempt to articulate how traumatizing it’s to be hiding beneath your desk, you do not know till you are there and you’re feeling helpless.”