The man the police say killed four journalists, and a Capital Gazette employee barricaded the exit door so employees could not escape, a prosecutor said Friday.
Jarrod Ramos, 38, opened fire on Thursday in the newspaper's office kills five and injured two others. He had a long, bitter history with the newspaper, including a lawsuit and years of harassment from his journalists.
Ramos, a former IT employee for the federal government, is charged with murder in five first-degree cases, according to court documents. Ramos appeared on Friday in an Annapolis courtroom via video feed. He seemed to be watching attentively during the hearing, but never spoke. Ramos was ordered without bail after Judge Thomas J. Pryal determined that Ramos remains a flight risk and a danger to the community given the severity of his actions. It was not immediately clear if Ramos has a lawyer.
Ramos was put on suicide. Pryal was told by the guard during the hearing.
Pryal also received details about the suspect. The 5-foot-10 Ramos is single, without children. He has lived most of his life in Maryland, including for the past 17 years in an apartment in Laurel, Maryland.
The police ransacked his home late Thursday evening.
"We found evidence in the residence that I can" I'll tell you a whole lot of details about it, but I'll tell you that there's evidence of the emergence of planning and the like, "said Police Chief Timothy Altomare during a press conference on Friday morning.
Ramos, armed with a pump action shotgun, shot the doors to The Capital Gazette and shot the victims when he met them, according to documents. Public prosecutor Anand Arundel, Wes Adams, said Ramos had an escape plan and might barricade the back door of the newsroom to prevent the victims' escape. Respondents found him under a desk where he tried to hide, authorities say.
"The guy was there to kill as many people as he could kill," said Altomare.
"I will not say his name today, I refuse to do it."
Altomare said that the gun that Ramos used in the shooting was bought legally a year ago.
Police say Ramos hid under a desk after the shootings and voluntarily went into custody, but did not work with investigators.
"General-level shooters want to go out in glory, I just can not get in his head, I can not do it, I wish I could, really, today," said Altomare.
Altomare said on Friday that there had been a "delay" in the fingerprint results. The authorities were able to identify him using facial recognition software and "some other techniques."
Ramos had a well-documented history of harassing the journalists of the paper, a feud that apparently began over a column about Ramos pleading guilty to harassing a woman
In 2012, he filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper in which he claimed he had been injured by an article about his conviction. The lawsuit was dismissed by a judge who wrote that Ramos had not shown "anything that was published about you is actually wrong." An appeals court later confirmed the dismissal.
Ramos often railed in ranting tweets against his associates.
Altomare said the detectives had spoken with The Capital's legal counsel and several employees about the threats, but the newspaper did not want to prosecute, fearing it would make things worse.
According to a police report written in 2013, a detective did not believe Ramos posed a threat to capital.
"I'm upset that this guy was still walking around making all those tweets." Former editor-in-chief Tom Marquardt told the News4 I team
Acting police chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the shooter "sought his victims."
"This person was ready to come in today, this person was ready to shoot people," Krampf said.
Journalists crept under desks, searching for other hiding places in the minutes of horror as they heard the gunman's footsteps and the repeated explosions of the shotgun as he moved in the newsroom.
"It was unfortunate to see such kindhearted people end up suffering such premature, meaningless deaths," said Outgoing Capital Gazette survivor and intern, Anthony Messenger, on Friday's "Today" show.
During the attack on the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, amidst months of verbal and online attacks on the "Fake News" media of politicians and others down by President Donald Trump, there was no immediate indication that shooting with this one Rhetoric was connected. The shooting prompted the New York police to increase the security of news agencies in the media capital of the United States with caution.
Trump said on Friday that the shootings "shocked the nation's conscience and saddened our hearts."
"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while working." he said at the White House during an event marking the six-month anniversary of his Tax Reform Act.
Trump said in a message to the families of the victims: "There are no words to express our grief."
Those killed in the Gazette include Rob Hiaasen, 59, deputy editor of the newspaper and brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated" for losing his brother, "one of the gentlest and funniest people I know."
Gerald Fischman, editor-in-chief, was also killed; Features reporter Wendi Winters; Reporter John McNamara and Sales Assistant Rebecca Smith. Two other employees identified by the police as Rachael Pacella and Janet Cooley had no life-threatening injuries and were later released from a hospital.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Maryland State House on Friday night to march by candlelight in honor of the victims.
Phil Davis, a court and crime reporter for the newspaper, tweeted that the shooter's glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people crawling under desks.
"There is nothing more horrible than hearing that several people are shot while sitting under your desk and then reloading the gunman," he wrote in a tweet. In a later interview on the paper's online page, Davis compared the newspaper office to a "war zone."
"I'm a police reporter, I write about this stuff – not necessarily to that extent, but shootings and death – all the time," he said. "But as much as I try to articulate how traumatizing it is to hide under your desk, you do not know until you're there and feel helpless."
Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she was at her desk, but she ran after hearing shots just to find a locked back door. She then watched as a colleague was shot and added that she did not see the shooter.
"I've heard footsteps a few times," she said. "I was breathing very loud and did not try it, but I could not keep still."
The reporter recalled a mass attack on Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse in June 2016, and how frightened people squatting inside had texted their loved ones when dozens were killed. Said San Felice: "And there I sat under a desk, texting to my parents and telling them that I loved them."
Survivors said shooting, although painfully long, took only minutes. And the police said their answer was fast.
Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said the police arrived within 60 seconds and detained the shooter without a shootout. Ramos tried to hide under a desk until the police found him, according to a burdensome document.
About 170 people were evacuated from the building housing other offices. Many returned with their hands raised as police and other emergency vehicles arrived.
Investigators remained on the closed-off spot early Friday as they looked for clues to the shooter's motives examined.
"The shooter was not very willing, so we do not have any information on the subject," said Steve Schuh, executive chairman of Anne Arundel County.
Mayor of Annapolis, Gavin Buckley, said the community mourned the attack on their newspaper.
"These are the guys who come to city meetings, listen to boring politicians and sit there," Buckley said. "They do not make much money, it's simply immoral that their lives are in danger."
Buckley, who appeared on MSNBC on Friday, demanded a look into gun control and mental health issues and said, "That can not be the new norm
"We can not accept this any further," he said.
Buckley added that he thought that after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the student march, there was some "pull" on our life campaign would be disappointed with the lack of change since the February 14 massacre.
"We should not be constantly angry. … We need to breathe deeply … We must stop hating each other, "said Buckley.
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Capital Gazette is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com, which is owned by the Baltimore Sun.
Paper reveals its front page with the photos of its five colleagues, the few hours
The electoral page, which was intentionally left almost empty, paid homage to the victims.
"Today we are speechless. This page is purposely blank to commemorate the victims of Thursday's shooting in our office. [The page read]
Associated Press Media media editors promised to help Capital Gazette journalists recover, and an APME statement urged newspapers nationwide to help keep up the news and continue reporting in the community to fight for press freedom
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