Five newspaper employees, four of them journalists, were killed yesterday in a Maryland newsroom when a gunman opened fire.

Police said it was a targeted attack on the offices of the Capital Gazette group in Annapolis, the state capital.

Staff vowed to publish an edition of the paper today.

The victims were identified by police hours after the shooting.

Rob Hiaasen

Rob Hiaasen (Courtesy: Capital Gazette)

Rob Hiaasen, 59, joined The Capital, the group's flagship title, in 2010 as assistant editor after working as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun for 15 years.

Before that, he was a staff reporter at the Palm Beach Post and news anchor and reporter for radio stations across the southern US.

The Fort Lauderdale native was also a columnist for The Capital, and his pieces appeared in the paper's Life section every Sunday.

John McNamara

John McNamara (Courtesy: Capital Gazette)

The editor of the Bowie Blade-News and Crofton-West Country Gazette newspapers, John McNamara worked for the Capital Gazette organisation for more than two decades.

He wrote extensively about sport and was the author of two books about his alma mater, the University of Maryland, the Baltimore Sun said.

Wendi Winters

Wendi Winters (Courtesy: Capital Gazette)

A reporter and columnist for The Capital, Wendi Winters had worked at the paper since 2002, often providing her own photos and video to accompany her stories.

The New York native had worked as a public relations consultant for many years in addition to her journalism, according to her social media postings.

The 65-year-old was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and the Red Cross, according to her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

Gerald Fischman

Gerald Fischman (Courtesy: Capital Gazette)

Gerald Fischman, 61, of Pasadena, Maryland, was the editor of the editorial page and worked at The Capital for over 25 years.

According to the Baltimore Sun, he was the guardian against libel.

He graduated from the journalism school at the University of Maryland in 1979.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith (Courtesy: Capital Gazette)

Rebecca Smith was 34 years old and recently joined the Capital Gazette as a sales assistant.

She had worked in marketing before that.

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