The man who killed five Capital Gazette employees and injured many others on Thursday legally purchased the shotgun he used, according to police chief Timothy Altomare.
“We have confirmed, I think, already — it was a shotgun used in the incident. I would also confirm it was a pump-action shotgun. It was legally purchased a year or so ago,” the police chief stated in a press conference.
“This was a targeted attack. We can’t fathom why that person chose to do this,” Altomare went on. “We don’t think we have any more clear and present dangers to the citizens of Anne Arundel County. That person has had a history with the Anne Arundel County Police Department.”
After this most recent shooting, many people began blaming President Trump and the Republican Party calling for more gun control. (RELATED: JOURNOS, LEFTISTS BLAME TRUMP FOR MARYLAND NEWSROOM SHOOTING)
I’m horrified by today’s shooting at the Capital Gazette. Journalists do vital work to further our democracy. They shouldn’t have to face this kind of violence in their own backyard.
How many more communities must grieve until Congress summons up the courage to pass gun reform?
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 29, 2018
The shooter had a clear vendetta against the newspaper dating back to an article they published about him years earlier. He called the paper his “sworn blood enemy.” (RELATED: ANNAPOLIS SHOOTER IDENTIFIED, CALLED GAZETTE HIS ‘SWORN BLOOD ENEMIES’)