Despite a shooting tragedy that claimed the lives of five people at its offices, the Capital Gazette declared it would still put out a paper on Friday.
“I can tell you this: We’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” declared Capital reporter Chase Cook, just hours after an active shooter opened fire inside the newspaper’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.
Early on Friday morning, the paper released its front page.
The Capital’s headline didn’t flinch from what just happened: “5 shot dead at The Capital,” it read, leading with the photos of staffers who had been killed on Thursday afternoon.
Along with their photos, the The Capital also published five obituaries for the staffers. They include editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, assistant editor and columnist Rob Hiassen, writer John McNamara, sales assistant Rebecca Smith, and special publications editor Wendi Winters.
In an additional tweet, the paper displayed its op-ed page, paying tribute again to its fallen members.
Earlier in the day, The Capital’s editor Jimmy DeButts reiterated the newspaper’s mission on Twitter, writing of its commitment to telling stories, even in the most trying of circumstances.
“There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community,” he wrote.
“We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, breaking news, tax hikes, school budgets & local entertainment. We are there in times of tragedy. We do our best to share the stories of people, those who make our community better. Please understand, we do all this to serve our community.
“We try to expose corruption. We fight to get access to public records & bring to light the inner workings of government despite major hurdles put in our way. The reporters & editors put their all into finding the truth. That is our mission. Will always be.”