Suspect in Maryland Newspaper Shooting Identified, Was a Targeted Attack

A reporter with the Capital Gazette newspaper said multiple people have been shot at its office in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday afternoon.

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.

17 comments

  • AMJoy Fan

    If people need more evidence of the impact of Trump’s hateful and caustic rhetoric, Rep. Waters had to cancel her speaking engagements due to the hostile messages and threats she is receiving after Trump attacked her. #shame

  • Lisa Lajoie

    Why does everyone assume he’s liberal? Article said nothing of his political affiliation. I live in TX..many Hispanics here are Republican and vote conservative.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      Maryland is a deep blue state, so odds are he’s a liberal…his actions pretty well speak for themselves too. Scratch a liberal – expose a fascist.

  • jimbrony

    ‘Dad, what’s that sound?’ ‘That’s the sound of liberal heads exploding, son.’ Shooter didn’t use an ‘assault rifle’, was over 21, and had connections to the victims. In other news, Dick’s Sporting Goods raises the age to purchase paintball guns to 65 and destroys its inventory of water pistols.

  • jimbrony

    Archie, is that you? Rational and sane people would withhold comments until more information is known. Thanks again for proving that you’re neither. AMJOY = Troll.

  • AMJoy Fan

    Also, one has to wonder what roll the vitriolic hatred Trump has stirred up against our free press played in this tragedy. #Impeach45

  • AMJoy Fan

    Yet another tragedy involving guns. Until we end private ownership of guns and make everyone turn their’s in, this will continue. If people want to use a gun, they can join the National Guard. #enough #turnthemallin

    • jimbrony

      Funny, I looked back in the archives to see if you held guns in such contempt after the congressional ball game shooting last year. You were nowhere to be found.

      • AMJoy Fan

        That is superfluous. We are talking about an unjust leader who stole an election and has no regard for the safety of American citizens! This manrips children out of the arms of their parents and locks them in cages! He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and his family. #resist

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        Keep spreading those lies, skippy. It’s progtards like you that are keeping America divided and hateful. I hope your Day Of Reckoning comes soon…

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