iStock/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — When a gunman stormed into the newsroom of the local Capital Gazette newspaper, intern Anthony Messenger made his first-ever call to 911. The college senior continued to call for help as shots were being fired — but couldn’t speak into the phone.“I thought we were going to die,” he told ABC News. Messenger then passed his phone to his co-worker Selene San Felice so she could call her family, he said. Once she reached her mother, she tweeted from Messenger’s account: “Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us.” “Selene deserves all the credit for the tweet,” Messenger told ABC News Friday, one day after five of his colleagues were gunned down in the Annapolis, Maryland, building. Phil Davis, a crime and courts reporter with the Gazette, was tweeting, too.“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” Davis tweeted after the shooting. The alleged shooter, Jarrod Ramos, tried to hide under a desk until police quickly responded and took him into custody, according to court documents. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Messenger, a rising senior at Salisbury University in Maryland, said loved ones checked in on him during and after the shooting.“I am deeply appreciative of the well wishes,” Messenger tweeted later. “My thoughts and prayers go out to my colleagues and their families.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he is “praying for the victims, those who were injured, and their families, friends, and loved ones in this time of tragedy.”“The Capital Gazette is my hometown paper, and I have the greatest respect for the fine journalists, and all the men and women, who work there,” Hogan said in a statement. “They serve each day to shine light on the world around us so that we might see with more clarity and greater understanding.”Hogan has ordered Maryland flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the five victims.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
KATV(LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas) — A man from Arkansas celebrated his birthday with a gift not for himself, but a stranger.Gerald Ezell donated a kidney to 18-year-old Sidney Burnett, who is from Missouri, after seeing a Facebook post that said she was in need and he turned out to be a match.“I just felt like God was saying, ‘Hey, this is you. Step across that line,’” Ezell told ABC Little Rock affiliate KATV.Ezell, who serves as the Maumelle Fire Department chief in Arkansas, had the surgery four days before his birthday, according to a Facebook post from the fire department.Burnett told KATV that she was blown away by Ezell’s generosity.“For so long, I couldn’t understand why he would do that. I was just so shocked that my donor was someone that had never even met me, but I’m so grateful for him,” she said. “He literally gave me my life back.”Both he and Burnett are on the mend, with her kidney function going from less than 3% to more than 80%, the fire department said. Ezell hopes his story will encourage others to consider donating a kidney if they’re a match.“It’s a little bit of pain for the person that’s donating, but man, the smile on Sidney’s face made it more than worth it to me,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.