ATTACK ON MARYLAND Newspaper Five Shot to Death Suspect in '15 Lost Defamation Suit against Paper Shot: Reporters Tweeted, Texted Loved Ones

By Bui, Lynh; Wiggins, Ovetta et al. | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 29, 2018 | Go to article overview

ATTACK ON MARYLAND Newspaper Five Shot to Death Suspect in '15 Lost Defamation Suit against Paper Shot: Reporters Tweeted, Texted Loved Ones


Bui, Lynh, Wiggins, Ovetta, -Clmn-, Tom Jackman The Washington Post, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Lynh Bui, Ovetta Wiggins and Tom Jackman The Washington Post -CLMN-

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A man with a vendetta against an Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper fired a shotgun through the newsroom's glass doors and at its employees, killing five and injuring two others Thursday in a targeted shooting, according to police.

A teletype sent to Maryland law enforcement officials identified the shooting suspect as Jarrod Ramos, 38. He has worked at the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to a lawyer who represented him in 2011, but it could not be confirmed Thursday whether he still worked there.

Police were searching an apartment in Laurel late Thursday that is tied to him.

The suspect in 2015 lost a defamation case he brought against the paper over a 2011 column he contended defamed him. The column

provided an account of Ramos' guilty plea to criminal harassment of a woman over social media.

Police, who arrived at the scene within a minute of the reported gunfire, apprehended a single gunman found hiding under a desk in the newsroom, according to the top official in Anne Arundel County, where the attack occurred.

The suspect was not cooperating with police investigators and had mutilated his fingers to make it harder to identify him. An official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that investigators used facial recognition technology to identify the suspect. He carried canisters with smoke grenades that he used inside the building, police said.

"This person was prepared today to come in. This person was prepared to shoot people," Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf said. "His intent was to cause harm."

Among those killed was the veteran columnist, editor, and journalism teacher Rob Hiaasen. Hiaasen, 59, the brother of best-selling author and journalist Carl Hiaasen, had been a feature writer at the Baltimore Sun for 15 years before moving to the Capital Gazette in 2010 as an assistant editor.

Three other journalists and a staffer were also killed: editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, special publications editor Wendi Winters, writer John McNamara and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

The motive of the suspect remained unclear, but police said the newsroom had recently received threats of violence through social media. …

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