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ANGRY AT US PAPER, MAN KILLS FIVE IN NEWSROOM

June 30, 2018 03:57 AM

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ANGRY AT US PAPER, MAN KILLS FIVE IN NEWSROOM
ANOTHER SHOOTING IN AMERICA Jarrod Ramos, 38, who had a grudge against Maryland paper, carries out one of deadliest attacks on journalists in US
ANNAPOLIS

A Maryland man charged with multiple murders was denied bail on Friday, a day after police say he rampaged through a newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun and killed five people in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history.


A judge ordered Jarrod Ramos, 38, from Laurel, 40 km west of Annapolis, held without bond on five counts of first degree murder.

Ramos had a longstanding grudge against the newspaper and unsuccessfully sued it for defamation in 2012 over an article that reported how he harassed a former high school classmate, court records showed. He is accused of entering the Capital Gazette office on Thursday afternoon and opening fire through a glass door, hunting for victims and spraying the newsroom with gunfire as reporters hid under their desks and begged for help on social media, police and witnesses said.

The police said he had barricaded a back door in an effort to “kill as many people as he could kill”. Authorities responded to the scene within a minute of the shooting, and Ramos was arrested while also hiding under a desk with the shotgun on the floor nearby, police said.

Anne Arundel County police chief Timothy Altomare said Ramos was not cooperating with investigators and that he was identified using facial-recognition technology. Altomare said evidence found at the suspect’s home showed he had planned the attack, and that the pump-action 12-gauge shotgun used by the shooter was legally purchased.

Rob Hiaasen, 59, Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara were shot and killed. All were journalists except for Smith who was a sales assistant, police said. Hiaasen was the brother of best-selling author Carl Hiaasen. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said he was so proud of the journalists who had “soldiered on”. “These guys, they don’t make a lot of money. They do journalism because they love what they do. And they got a newspaper out today.”

Ramos brought a defamation lawsuit in 2012 against Eric Hartley, a former staff writer and columnist with Capital Gazette, and Thomas Marquardt, then its editor and publisher, a court filing showed.

Neither Hartley nor Marquardt is still employed by the paper or were at its office on Thursday. An article by Hartley had contended that Ramos had harassed a woman on Facebook and he had pleaded guilty to criminal harassment. The court agreed the article was accurate and based on public records, the document showed

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