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Capital Gazette shootout indicted for murder in five cases

A man with a vengeance against a newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Was charged with murder in five cases after firing a shotgun through the newsroom glass doors and onto his employees, killing five and injuring two others on Thursday afternoon a targeted shooting.

Officials said Jarrod Ramos, 38, was carrying out the shootout of Laurel. He is expected on Friday morning in the courthouse of Annapolis.

The local police said that the "Capital Gazette" was targeted, which led to increased security in newsrooms nationwide. The attack seems to have been the deadliest involving journalists in the United States for decades.

On Friday, on the opinion page of Capital Gazette, "Today we are speechless."

It went on: "This site is intentional Today, he has freed himself to commemorate the victims of Thursday's shooting in our office." Then he listed the names of the five victims.

Ramos lost a 201

5 libel lawsuit against the newspaper he slandered in 2011. The column featured a report on Ramos' guilty plea for punitive harassment of a woman via social media.

The police, who arrived at the scene within a minute of the reported shootings, arrested an armed man later identified as Ramos. He was found under the desk in the newsroom, the chief official in Anne Arundel County reports, where the attack took place.

The police raided an apartment in Laurel, Maryland, connected to Ramos late Thursday. He did not cooperate with investigators on Thursday night, officials said. Ramos carried canisters of smoke grenades he used in the building, police said.

"This person was ready to come in today, this person was ready to shoot people," said Anne Arundel's deputy police chief, William Krampf. "His intention was to do damage."

Police said all casualties were employees of the Capital Gazette: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. Fischman and Hiaasen were editors, McNamara was a reporter, Smith was a sales assistant, and Winters worked for special publications, according to the newspaper's website.

The police said the newsroom recently received threats via social media.

Gazette reporter Phil Davis described the scene as a "war zone" and a situation that would be "hard to describe for a while," a news bulletin posted on the newspaper's website 45 minutes after shooting.

The police swarmed the area about four miles west of Maryland's State House to clear the scene and drive more than 170 residents of the office building to a nearby mall.

"It seems to be the act of a lonely shooter," Anne Arundel County executive Steve Shoe said. "It does not seem like a well-planned operation." Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin said the building in which Ramos is to live was evacuated Thursday night.

The apartment is located in a three-story redbrick building complex on Route 1 in Prince George's County, about 35 minutes from the Capital Gazette office.

The police of Laurel and Anne Arundel County and federal officials were on site.

The Capital Gazette, Annapolis & # 39; newspaper, is widely read in the capital of Maryland and around Anne Arundel County.

The newspaper asserts itself as one of the oldest publishers in the country, with roots dating back to the 1727 Maryland Gazette.

"Devastated and Heartbroken, Dove," Gazette editor Jimmy DeButts said on Twitter. "Please stop asking for information / interviews I'm not in the position to speak, just know @ Capgaznews reporters and editors give everything they have every day There are no 40-hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community. "

Ramos has worked at the Federal Office of Labor Statistics, according to a lawyer who represented him in 2011, but whether he still could not confirm the work there on Thursday.

He seemed to have a grudge against the newspaper for years after he was described in a column about how he bullied a former classmate from Arundel High School first on Facebook and then through emails. Ramos pleaded guilty in July 2011. In a column Eric Hartley wrote a few days later, the woman described how Ramos had persecuted her online, and possibly made her lose her job.

Ramos then created a website detailing his complaints against Hartley and the newspaper] Shooting started at 3 pm in a brown, five-story office building just outside of downtown Annapolis

In an interview with a local ABC Television affiliate A man working in another building in the building said he had heard an "incredibly loud bang." In his office, he saw a man surrounded by broken glass holding a pistol at the front door of the Capital Gazette ,

"This guy was holding something that looked like a big shotgun, and with his rifle he went deeper into the office, as if targeting people, at the entrance to the Gazette office," the man said.

First responders entered the building and immediately encountered a woman with life-threatening injuries and other wounded men, before finding the suspect under a desk, Schuh said. He said that there had been no firefight between the man and the police.

Four people died at the scene and one woman was declared dead at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Police with automatic weapons rushed 170 office workers with their hands over their heads from the building to a department store across the street.

Sgt. Amy Miguez, a spokeswoman for the police in Annapolis, said that she received a text message from Phil Davis on early Thursday and that she had referred the reporter to the district police. Davis had said he needed to write a story about the jurisdictional boundaries between city and district police to help him get it right.

At 2:41 am, Davis wrote to Miguez again and wrote: "Help, shooting in the office."

At first, Miguez thought it was a joke and again ordered him to call the district police because they were in the Gazette Offices are responsible.

Davis quickly replied that he could not call and that he was trying to stay as quiet as possible.

Miguez said she immediately chose 911 and named the location of the paper to report the shootings.

There were fears in the building when they heard there was a shooter.

"I was so scared," said Rayne Foster, who works on the fourth floor. "I was very afraid."

In a room with about a dozen other people, Foster had sent a text to her daughter: "There's an active shooter, I love you."

"I took a deep breath," she said. It was so surreal. "

Karen Burd, 27, was on her fourth working day in a tax consulting firm in the building when a staff member told her there was a shooter.

Her first thought was to find a space where they could barricade themselves. She and four others crowded into a room and called the emergency call. Soon the police knocked on the door.

"I started to pray," she said, tears filling her eyes. "You're just thinking," Will this be my last day? "

A police bomb examined a backpack found near the suspect and contained an unknown device.

"It was pretty obvious that that person I had a sort of vendetta against the Capital newspaper," Lt. Ryan Frashure, a spokesman for the district police.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the police had been training active gunners last week.

"If [law enforcement] not there, as fast as she [were] it could have been a lot worse," he said. "We did not expect this to happen in our community, but I do not think we were not ready anymore."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also praised the rapid response of the police.

"It's a tragic situation, but there were some very brave people who came in and prevented them from getting any worse, and the response time was incredible," said Hogan, who was standing at the scene with police and local officials.

The impact of the shootings echoed in the editorial offices outside of Maryland. The New York City Police Department said they used "anti-terrorist teams" in and around the city "out of great caution". DC Police planned to station two uniformed officers in front of the Washington Post building and other media increased security

The Capital Gazette, which has an editorial staff of 31, had a daily circulation of about 29,000 copies and a Sunday edition of 34,000 Copies in 2014.

The newspaper, commonly referred to as the capital, was founded in 1884 as the evening paper. The Baltimore Sun Media Group – owned by Tronc of Chicago – purchased the paper in 2014 from Landmark Media Enterprises, based in Norfolk, Virginia. The new owners converted it from an afternoon publication to a morning paper in 2015.

The paper had previously been part owner of Philip Merrill, which was the owner and publisher of Washingtonian magazine.

The newspaper traces its roots in a related newspaper, the twice-weekly Maryland Gazette, which was founded in 1727 in Annapolis and one of the oldest magazines in the United States. One of the first publishers of the Maryland Gazette was a protege of Benjamin Franklin. An early editor and publisher was Anne Catherine Hoof Green, one of the first women to do such a job in an American newspaper.

"The Maryland Gazette was founded by British journalist William Parks and recorded several achievements in its famous history newspaper says on its website." In 1767, Anne Catharine Green became the country's first female newspaper publisher and the newspaper struggled against the dreaded stamp duty

The Annapolis newspaper is unrelated to the chain of weekly Gazette papers held in the Washington suburbs of The Washington Post until 2015.

The Capital Gazette moved into it in September 2014 Office on Bestgate Road The Newsroom is located on the first floor of the office building and is easily accessible from the main entrance, said Buckley

The news room is an open space, and "the desk would be the only place you could hide," said Buckley.

Buckley said, Annapolis, which has a population of about 39,000, is a small town where officials are all familiar with the reporters of the newspaper who deal with issues such as zoning, local crime and even a cat in a tree.

"They do not make much money – maybe $ 30,000 a year," said Buckley. "It is immoral that her life was in danger."

Clarence Williams, Paul Farhi, Arelis R. Hernandez, Peter Hermann, Rice Thebault, Michael Brice-Saddler, Rachel Weiner, and Joe Heim contributed to this report.

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