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A job to do

After a deadly shooting in its newsroom, the Capital Gazette released this harrowing front cover

On Thursday, a gunman opened fire on the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, killing at least five people. On Friday morning, the company put out a newspaper.

"5 shot dead at The Capital," reads the headline. At the top of the page are photos of the five fallen employees, Robert Hiassen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, Rebecca Smith, and John McNamara.

When the gunman began his attack, some of the employees in the newsroom took to Twitter to report what was happening. The gunman "shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees," Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis tweeted. The paper's community news editor, Jimmy DeButts, tweeted, "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."

"I can tell you this," the Gazette's General Assembly reporter, Chase Cook, tweeted, "We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow."