Maryland shooting: Who is Jarrod Ramos?

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette reporter, tweeted the "gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees".

He had smoke grenades and fired a shotgun at his victims, according to Anne Arundel County acting police chief William Krampf. All were journalists except for Smith, who was a sales assistant, police said.

One suspect is now in custody and police believe no other shooters are in the building.

Media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it was deeply disturbed to learn that a shooting at the Capital Gazette, had resulted in the death of five people.

"He seems to think there's some sort of relationship here that does not exist", the woman told a judge, according to court documents in a harassment case she brought against Ramos.

Several months later, Ramos filed a longer 22-page claim of defamation, but the lawsuit was again dismissed by the court as Jarrod failed to produce any piece of evidence that supported his claim.

"I don't know why he stopped", he told the Baltimore Sun.

In a subsequent interview with The Baltimore Sun, Davis said he didn't know why the gunman stopped shooting.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload", he tweeted. Krampf said the gunman was a Maryland resident, but didn't name him. "This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette".

Krampf said the suspect targeted the newspaper. Police are treating the shooting as a local incident, with no links to terrorism, a law enforcement source told Reuters.

Investigators have secured the suspect's home and are in the process of preparing search warrants.

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A number of reports indicate that the shooter has been identified as Jarrod Warren Ramos.

TV crews waiting for a news conference line up at the side of the road across the newspaper office building where multiple people were shot this afternoon inside of the newsroom, in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Law enforcement in Baltimore and New York City deployed protective forces to major media outlets as a precaution, authorities said.

Gracie Rustin, a dental assistant who was in the middle of a procedure on the second floor of the building when the attack took place, heard "loud noises" but did not immediately realize it was a shooting.

President Donald Trump says his "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims of the shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and their families. "Thank you to all of the First Responders who are now on the scene", Trump said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter, "A violent attack on innocent journalists doing their job is an attack on every American".

Jimmy DeButts, a Capital Gazette journalist, tweeted that he was "devastated & heartbroken".

"There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays - just a passion for telling stories from our community", he said in a series of messages posted on Twitter.

More than 300 mourners, many of them carrying candles, walked slowly through the streets of Annapolis, the state capital, near the capitol dome, which was lit up, its flags flown at half staff in honour of the shooting victims.

The paper promotes itself as one of the oldest publishers in the country, with roots dating to the Maryland Gazette in 1727.

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