Bill Belichick after newsroom tragedy: ‘My heart goes out to the victims’

“For my entire life, The Capital has been my hometown newspaper."

Bill Belichick
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes questions from reporters during a minicamp practice. –Steven Senne/Associated Press

A day after one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in American history, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick offered his condolences to those affected by the shooting that left five dead at the Capital Gazette newspaper, which he called “my hometown newspaper.’’

“For my entire life, The Capital has been my hometown newspaper,” Belichick said in a statement posted to the team’s Twitter account. “My family and I have enjoyed special relationships with many great people who have worked for the newspaper. My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the entire Annapolis community for this terrible and senseless tragedy.”

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Belichick grew up in Annapolis, Md., where he played football and lacrosse in high school. His father, Steve Belichick, was an assistant coach and scout at the US Naval Academy, which is based in Annapolis, for decades.

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed in the Thursday afternoon’s bloodshed in Maryland. The alleged gunman, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first degree-murder. Ramos was investigated five years ago for a barrage of menacing tweets against the paper.

Authorities said Ramos entered the Capital Gazette and ‘‘looked for his victims.’’

‘‘The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could,’’ Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said.

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