After a gunman killed five people at the Capital Gazette’s office, state politics reporter Chase Cook, photographer Joshua McKerrow, editor Rick Hutzell, and reporter Pat Furgurson made a makeshift newsroom in a mall parking garage across the street from the newspaper. None of them were there at the time of the shooting.
The group created an office out of the back of Furgurson’s pickup truck, filing photos, writing notes, and scrolling through Twitter for the latest police updates.
“I don’t know what else to do except this,” Cook told the Baltimore Sun.
In between taking phone calls from friends and loved ones, Cook was also busy writing obituaries for his five fallen colleagues. But through all, one thing was certain: A paper was going out on Friday.
“I don’t know how you prepare for it,” said Capital Gazette columnist, Terry Smith in regard to the team who published the June 29 paper. “A remarkable job produced under the worst possible circumstances.”
“Proud to call The Capital my hometown paper,” tweeted Washington Post sports writer Jake Russell. “Putting out a newspaper on deadline is difficult enough, but to do it during the circumstances in which the staff has to work under yesterday is unimaginable.”