The suspect in the shooting that left five people dead at a Maryland newspaper has been put on suicide watch.
A judge was told about the watch during a bond hearing Friday for 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos.
Judge Thomas Pryal also was given details about the suspect. The 5-foot-10 Ramos is single, with no children. He has lived in Maryland most of his life, including for the past 17 years in an apartment in Laurel, Maryland.
Pryal determined Ramos was still a danger and ordered him to remain in jail.
President Donald Trump has offered a statement of support for journalists after a gunman fatally shot five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
He said Friday at the White House that “journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs.”
Trump routinely calls the reporters who cover him “fake news” and “liars” and labels them “enemies of the people.”
A gunman shot his way into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette on Thursday, leaving five people dead.
Authorities and court records show the suspect had a well-documented history of harassing the paper’s journalists.
Trump said he is thinking of the survivors and the families of the “horrific, horrible” murders.
A prosecutor says the shooter who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper had an escape plan he never implemented.
The suspect was captured by police while hiding under a desk at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.
Prosecutor Wes Adams did not give any details about the escape plan. He said Friday that there were two entrances to the newspaper’s office. He says 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos entered through the front door on Thursday and “worked his way through the office.” He says Ramos barricaded the exit door so employees couldn’t escape, and that one of the five people who were killed was shot while trying to escape out that exit.
A judge ordered Ramos to remain detained during a court hearing Friday. Judge Thomas Pryal said found a likelihood that Ramos is a danger.
Ramos appeared at the hearing via video feed. He appeared to watch attentively during the hearing but never spoke. He was represented by public defender William Davis.
He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.