8 Phil Davis had spent three years trying to avoid being the story. The former Capital Gazette reporter had witnessed one of the worst attacks on a newspaper in American history. He had hidden under a desk in his newsroom as the gunman reloaded. He was there when five of his colleagues took their last broken breaths. And then he had returned to his job covering crime in Maryland as an observer, not a victim. But on a sweltering Friday in July, Davis, by then a reporter with the Baltimore Sun, had no choice but to be the story. Standing in a courtroom just feet away from the man who almost killed him, he told a jury about that harrowing day. "I had put it together that it was probably a shotgun, due to the type of noise that it was," he said, speaking clinically, precisely, like a journalist trained to cover the type of violence that suddenly besieged him. "So it sounded like, to me, that he was reloading two shotgun … [Read more...] about These mass shooting survivors were called journalism heroes. Then the buyouts came.