Capital Gazette Receives Outpouring of Support on Social Media

Maryland residents, organizations and officials are showing an outpouring of support for the Capital Gazette after five people were killed and multiple others injured in a shooting at the newspaper's office.

“The Capital Gazette is my hometown paper, and I have the greatest respect for the fine journalists, and all the men and women, who work there,” Gov. Larry Hogan said earlier Thursday at the police scene. He tweeted this statement.

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis tweeted, “The Capital Gazette is our local newspaper and is often the first to tell our story. We are grieving with their staff and loved ones after the tragic events that occurred today.”

“The Capital Gazette is a local institution and vital to how our community gets our information,” Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen said on Twitter. “While we don’t know what motivated this attack, we must stand together to end the violence.”

Journalists and news organizations across the country also voiced their support and grievances for the newspaper.

"The Capital Gazette is the reason I’m a working journalist. To say I am devastated and heartbroken is such an understatement," Delaware Online journalist and former Capital Gazette employee Meredith Newman tweeted. "Please keep my friends and old coworkers in your prayers today."

Bloomberg journalist Madi Alexander created a GoFundMe page to help the Capital Gazette with any costs after the shooting.

The Houston Chronicle in Texas tweeted its condolences for the Maryland newspaper: "We at the Houston Chronicle are shocked by the violence that took place today at the @capgaznews and saddened by the loss of our fellow newspaper employees. However, we are also inspired by the work the Capital Gazette continues to do at this very moment to serve its readers."

Tweets from Capital Gazette reporters and staff were emotional, while still updating people with details of the shooting.

Jimmy DeButts, editor at, tweeted “Devastated & heartbroken. Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews.”

Capital Gazette photojournalists Chase Cook and Joshua McKerrow both tweeted that the newspaper will continue to publish tomorrow despite shooting.

“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.” Cook tweeted.

“Continuing to cover story with Capital journalists Chase Cook and Pat Ferguson. Thanks to our @baltimoresun colleagues who are here too. There will be a Capital Friday.” McKerrow tweeted.

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