What You Need To Know About The Suspected Capital Gazette Shooter

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“I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence. I remember telling our attorneys, ‘This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us.’”

A gunman stormed into the office of a small newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and killed at least five people.

Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades when he entered the Capital Gazette’s newsroom. Police officers responded within minutes to a 911 call and apprehended the suspect who was reportedly hiding under a desk.

According to the police, the 38-year-old was described as a white man. However, an official statement regarding his identity has yet not been released by the police.

Those who were killed included four journalists and a sales assistant.

Ramos reportedly is a resident of Laurel, Maryland and refused to identify himself after police captured him in the aftermath of the shooting. He had to be identified with a facial recognition technology as he had purposely damaged his fingertips.

Although the main motive of the shooting remains to be known, as of now police believe Ramos deliberately targeted the newspaper office. Capital Gazette also reported that they received threats on social media days before the deadly shooting.

The suspect reportedly had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper and it developed over the years. In 2012, he sued the newspaper and then-columnist Eric Hartley for defamation. The lawsuit came after the paper published a story that featured a criminal harassment case against Ramos.

In the article titled, “Jarrod wants to be your friend,” the paper wrote Ramos threatened and harassed a former high school classmate on Facebook. He also reportedly called the woman vulgar names and told her to kill herself. The story was published after he pleaded guilty to the accusations.

The defamation lawsuit filed against the newspaper was dismissed in 2015.

Ramos is also apparently a supporter of President Donald Trump as he once tweeted in favor of a lawsuit that Trump filed against the media.

 

 

The paper’s former editor and publisher Thomas Marquardt said they received threats by Ramos for years.

“I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence,” Marquardt told the Sun. “I remember telling our attorneys, ‘This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us,’ ” he said.

Ramos also harassed journalists on Twitter and in one tweet he said it would be nice to if the paper stopped publishing, but “it would be nicer” to see two journalists “cease breathing.”

Capital Gazette, owned by the Baltimore Sun, runs multiple newspapers out of its Annapolis office and the group includes one of the oldest newspapers in the United States, the Gazette, which traces its origins back to 1727.

 

 

 

 

 

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