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Annapolis suspect Jarrod Ramos purposely damaged his fingertips to complicate the identification of fingerprints after today's newspaper shooting of Capital Gazette



The Annapolis-shot suspect who killed five people in a Maryland newspaper had damaged his fingertips, apparently to thwart the police's efforts to identify him through his fingerprints, a prosecution Official tells CBS News.

A law enforcement officer tells CBS News that the suspect was identified as Jarrod Ramos, 38 of Laurel, Maryland. Police say Ramos opened fire on the Capital Gazette offices in Annaposlis Thursday afternoon, killing five and injuring others

"This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette," said Anne Arundel Deputy Police Chief Bill Krampf on a Thursday

The suspect was arrested at the scene, but did not cooperate with investigators, police said. CBS News # Jeff Pegues reports that Ramos got caught under a desk.

Ramos had no identification with his person when he was taken into custody. He has described that he has long hair. According to a law enforcement agency, the authorities used other means to identify it, including face recognition technology, to search passport and driving license databases.

A law enforcement agency said he was carrying smoke bombs or a lightning bolt in his backpack. The police said he had used a "long weapon" in the shootings that a source said was a shotgun.

CBS News has also learned that the shooter has opened the fire through the glass door into the newsroom. Eyewitnesses told the authorities that the shots had sent reporters and other clerks under desks and other hideouts .

Pegues reports that investigators will try to determine the suspect's motive. They will try to restore all Ramos electronic devices and check if they have any social media accounts. The police said on Thursday night that Ramos had made threats through the social media, but the investigators are investigating.

In addition, the investigators will try to find out if the suspect had previously been to the newspaper office. A source familiar with investigations such as the one Thursday says the speed of shooting suggests there was some familiarity. They will investigate how he got into the building.

Investigators have secured the suspect's home and are in the process of preparing search warrants.

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Maryland police patrolling the area after several people were shot Thursday, June 28, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland, in The Capital.

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