Maryland Newspaper Shooter Charged With Five Counts Of First-Degree Murder.


Investigators are still trying to figure out why a gunman opened fire at a Maryland newspaper Thursday, killing five people. 

Police say it was a targeted attack. 

This is the front page of Friday’s Capital Gazette, the morning after a gunman opened fire inside its newsroom, killing five people and injuring others.

The first victim’s name is Wendi Winters. The second victim is Rebecca Smith. The third victim is Robert Hiaasen. Fourth victim is Jerald Fischman. The fifth victim is John McNamara.

“We’re deeply saddened that someone had to make these notifications, and we’re deepyly saddened that a person had to take this into his own hands and this is the result,” Anne Arundel Police Deputy Chief Bill Krampf said. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Jarrod Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Officers say he used a shotgun and was carrying smoke grenades when he was apprehended.

Police arrived at the scene within a minute of the first emergency call.

“They just went straight in there. When he heard them coming he threw his weapon down and less lives were lost than what I think could have been lost,” Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said. 

The Gazette reported that Ramos has a longstanding grudge against the newspaper. He brought a defamation suit against it in 2012 but the case was dismissed by a judge.

Sources say officers used facial recognition software to ID Ramos because he had damaged his fingertips to prevent quick identification.  Authorities were seen searching his apartment late Thursday night. 

Two people were treated with minor injuries at a nearby hospital. Neither was shot–the injuries are believed to be caused by flying glass. 

And both people involved in the defamation suit are no longer with the newspaper.

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