Then he started "systematically hunting and killing" people with a shotgun he hid as he was entering the building in downtown Annapolis, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams said Friday.
A total of five employees were killed in the shooting, including editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, age 59, community correspondent Wendi Winters, age 65, editorial editor Gerald Fischman, age 61, editor and sports writer John McNamara, age 56, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, age 34. On Friday, police released the names of two Gazette employees, Janet Cooley and Rachel Pacella, who were injured in the attack but have since been released from the hospital.
Ramos allegedly used a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and was carrying smoke grenades during the attack.
The native of Laurel, Maryland, about 30 minutes inland from Annapolis, apparently had a longstanding grudge against the local newspaper. Ramos was hiding under a desk and did not exchange fire with police.
The suspect, Jarrod Ramos, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history. A judge ordered him held without bail. Our colleagues and friends are gone.
When I called before Shabbat to tell her I was thinking of her and her family, she told me they were all still numb from the shock, that several of the victims were known and admired by just about everyone in town, and that her son came home that terrible night dreading going to five funerals. "It has shifted our community, and maybe it's made us more attuned to the fact that we are all in this together". One, as The Inquisitr was among the first to report on Thursday, was Donald Trump.
Ramos filed a defamation claim against the paper in 2012 that was later dismissed. Brennan McCarthy, the lawyer who represented the woman Ramos harassed, says he knew how to "walk the line" when making a threat. Then, she looked out the window and saw first responders taking a dead body out on a stretcher, she said. She felt angry, she said. There were no shots fired by law enforcement during the arrest.
Later, in 2015, Ramos tweeted that he would like to see the paper stop publishing, but "it would be nicer" to see two of its journalists "cease breathing". "He wrote a lot of warm pieces", Altomare said, emphasizing that "all of them were consummate professionals".
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"The Capital Gazette is my hometown paper, and I have the greatest respect for the fine journalists, and all the men and women, who work there", Hogan said in a statement. But by all accounts, Ramos had a specific, longstanding grievance against the paper.
The threatening tweets and rants included "mention of blood in the water, journalist hell, hit man (and) open season", the officer wrote.
"We had given a photo to the front desk with my personal instructions that if anybody that resembled him would come through the door that they were to call 911", he said. "They felt however, in their professional opinion, that the evidence wasn't there". The paper reported Friday that Richardson said she was advised "we were doing all we could do" in response to Ramos' threats. "It's sad it's such a growing reality in places that you thought were the safer places", Walls said of the shooting.
A U.S. Labor Department spokesman said Ramos worked on IT contracts for the labor statistics bureau from 2007 to 2014.
His employer said the federal government demanded he be terminated "citing security suitability concerns resulting from an investigation".
Belichick graduated in 1970 from Annapolis High, where he played football and lacrosse.
They declined to provide details, other than saying the findings show "what we knew we would find, which is we have one bad guy".