What We Know About The Alleged Gunman At A Maryland Newsroom


New York, June 29, 2018-A gunman shot to death five people in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday afternoon in what police called a "targeted attack", the newspaper reported.

He is accused of entering the Capital Gazette office, firing through a glass door with a 12-gauge shotgun, hunting for victims and spraying the newsroom with gunfire as reporters hid under desks and begged for help on social media. Veteran editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, editorial writer Gerald Fischman, veteran sports reporter John McNamara, columnist and local news reporter Wendi Winters, and Rebecca Smith, who had recently been hired as a sales assistant.

According to the article, "out of the blue", Ramos sent a friend request on Facebook to a woman who had been a high school classmate, thanking her "for being the only person ever to say hello or be nice" to him, the article said. He says Ramos barricaded the exit door so employees couldn't escape, and that one of the five people who were killed was shot while trying to escape out that exit.

The court agreed with the newspaper's right to publish, not finding that any of the information in the column was false, and dismissed the case.

Ramos has a connection to the paper, the sources said.

Police in Maryland identified the alleged gunman in a deadly attack at the Capital Gazette last week.

Friday morning's edition featured in-depth coverage of the shooting and obituaries of the five people killed. Ramos is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in Thursday's mass shooting.

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Phil Davis, the Capital Gazette's crime and court reporter, began tweeting about the incident after he was safely away from the building.

"Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland", the President wrote.

"I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence", Marquardt said, according to the Daily Mail. "I don't know what else to do except this", reporter Chase Cook said Thursday.

The suspect was captured by police while hiding under a desk at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

Thomas Marquardt, the Capital's former publisher, said the paper's former attorney turned over to police mail received at his law office Monday - a document, signed in the suspect's name, saying he was on his way to the newspaper "with the objective of killing every person present". Ramos, who represented himself in the suit, lost both the initial case and an appeal in 2015.

"At this point in time, it would start to polarise people and I don't want to make people angry", Buckley, 55, who moved to the USA in 1992 and has become a successful restaurant owner in Annapolis, said. In a later interview appearing on the paper's online site, Davis likened the newspaper office to a "war zone".