Suspect in Maryland Newspaper Shooting Identified, Was a Targeted Attack
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Five people were killed Thursday in a shooting at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, Maryland, said acting Anne Arundel County Police Chief Bill Krampf.
Multiple others were injured, Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh said.
Police believe this was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette according to Krampf.
The suspect in the shooting is Jarrod Warren Ramos, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
Police are outside an address connected to Ramos in Laurel, Maryland.
Ramos has a connection to the paper. He filed a defamation claim in 2012 against the paper but the case was dismissed.
Krampf said the suspect’s intent was to cause harm.
Police say Ramos initially refused to cooperate, a law enforcement source said. Ramos had no identification when he was apprehended and FBI found no information immediately in the system, the source said.
A law enforcement source said a shotgun was used in the shooting.
Capital Gazette Communications publishes multiple newspapers, including the Capital and the Maryland Gazette. The company is owned by The Baltimore Sun.
Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette reporter, tweeted the “gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.”
“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” he said.
“This is a newspaper we live with every day,” Susan O’Brien, a spokesperson for the city of Annapolis said. “Our hearts are with the family.”
O’Brien said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was on the scene.
Earlier, Hogan tweeted he was “absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis.”
“Devastating. My heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis right now,” Maryland Senator Ben Cardin tweeted.
The ATF and FBI said they are also responding to a shooting at that location.
The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun.