Capital Gazette Staffers Reveal That Fallen Colleague Wendi Winters Charged the Shooter, Saving Their Lives


On Saturday, a memorial service was held for Wendi Winters, one of the five people who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom on June 28.

A new report on Winters reveals that her colleagues credit the seasoned journalist for standing up to their attacker and saving their lives.

In a Capital Gazette article published on Saturday, colleague Janel Cooley recalled how Winters saved her life.

Winters charged forward holding a trash can and recycling bin, said Cooley, a sales consultant. Winters shouted something like “No! You stop that!” or “You get out of here!” like she was warding off an unwanted dog.

“She may have distracted him enough that he forgot about me, because I definitely stood up and was looking at the door,” Cooley said. “I’m sure he wasn’t expecting … anyone to charge him.”

Winters’ colleagues agree she saved their lives. Of the 11 employees in the office during the attack, six survived.

Her son, Phoenix Geimer, was not surprised by his mom’s courage.

“She’s got four kids, she’s not going to take it from anyone,” he told the Capital Gazette noting Cooley’s retelling of his mom’s bravery “sounds like her.”

“In this culture of mass shootings and racism … we must maintain our civility and our humanity,” Reverend John Crestwell said during the service today, according to WTOP. “Let us collectively take this tragedy as a wake-up call to do something.”

Watch more about Wendi Winters above, via The Washington Post.

[image via Baltimore Sun Media Group]

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