Belichick on newspaper shooting: ‘Terrible and senseless tragedy’

The Sports Xchange

June 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick called the shooting deaths of five journalists at the Capital Gazette a “terrible and senseless tragedy.”

Belichick, who grew up near Annapolis, Md., said the Capital Gazette was his hometown newspaper.

“My family and I have enjoyed special relationships with many great people who have worked for the newspaper,” Belichick said in a statement released by the Patriots on Friday night. “My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the entire Annapolis community for this terrible and senseless tragedy.”

Capital Gazette employees Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed inside the newspaper’s newsroom Thursday by a gunman who has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.