Jarrod Ramos Identified As Annapolis Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect

Jarrod Ramos was identified as the suspect in Thursday's shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital. Five people were killed and several others were injured in the shooting.

In a press conference Thursday evening, police did not confirm the suspect's identity but said the suspect had previous interactions with the newspaper and that the attack was "targeted."

The Baltimore Sun identified Ramos as a 38-year-old from Laurel with a "longstanding dispute with the Capital."

A 2015 article published in the Capital Gazette references a defamation claim leveled by Ramos against former Capital writer Eric Hartley. Ramos claimed a story about him pleading guilty to criminal harassment was inaccurate, the article said. The case was decided by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, who ruled in favor of the newspaper.

A Twitter account that appears to belong to Ramos has a reference to Hartley in the URL. The account often tweeted court documents from the case. It had not tweeted for more than a year, and then sent a tweet shortly before the shooting began.

Police said they would be reviewing any relevant social media.

Public records reviewed by Newsweek showed Ramos was involved in several court cases over a period of a few years, including the case against Hartley filed in 2012. In that lawsuit, Ramos also sued Capital Gazette Communications Inc and Capital Gazette Communications LLC.

Authorities had not yet released what they believed to be an official motive in the shooting and said the investigation was ongoing. Police also confirmed the newspaper received threats prior to the shooting which "indicated violence."

The shooting was first reported sometime around 3 p.m. EST. Officials said the suspect was in custody shortly after. In a press conference Tuesday, police said there was no gunfire exchanged between police and the suspect when he was apprehended, but did not give further details. Officials said they were in the process of entering a residence believed to be home to the suspect Thursday evening.

A reporter at the newspaper tweeted about the shooting, describing the harrowing scene.

"Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees," Capital reporter Phil Davis wrote on Twitter. "Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad."

In a follow-up tweet, Davis wrote, "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload."

Capital editor Jimmy DeButts wrote on Twitter that he was "devastated and heartbroken."

Police had not yet publicly confirmed how many people were injured or what the extent of those injuries was. At least one person was taken to a shock trauma center, WBAL-TV reported. Anne Arundel Medical Center received two patients with minor injuries, a spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting shortly after reports emerged, an aide confirmed.

"Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland," the president wrote on Twitter. "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene."

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also commented on the shooting on Twitter.

"Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis," Hogan said. "Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community."

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Police respond to a shooting on June 28, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images
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