Police say the Capital Gazette newspaper, which killed at least 5 people in Annapolis, Maryland, was "a targeted attack."
The suspect in the shooting of five persons at a Maryland newspaper planned the attack with a pump shotgun in front of him 1965 Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, who was identified with face recognition technology, is accused of opening fire on Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. In addition to the deaths, two people were injured.
At a court hearing on Friday, District Judge Thomas Pryal ordered Ramos to be held without bail. "There is a certain likelihood that you are a danger," he said.
Timothy Altomare, police chief of Anne Arundel, said on Friday that police are still collecting evidence from the suspect's car found near the filming site and his apartment in Laurel. Police found planning material for the attack, however no manifesto that explained his reasons.
More than 300 city, district, state and federal officials responded to the incident, saying, "We still puzzle over pieces," Altomare told a Friday press conference. "We can not figure out why this person has done so. "
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This undated and unlocated handout photo of Anne Arundel police on June 28, 2018 shows Jarrod W. Ramos, the suspect in the Capital Gazette shooting. [Photo: HANDOUT, AFP / Getty Images]
Ramos was identified by facial recognition technology due to a delay in fingerprint identification, but reports of the suspect changing his fingertips are wrong, Altomare said.
We did not get any cooperation from the suspect, "he said.
The shooter hid rather than get into a shootout with the police, Altomare said, and the police arrived in about a minute cornered the shooter within another two minutes, he said.
"The guy was there to kill as many people as possible," Altomare said. "He did not run away, but he hid." The prosecutor, Wes Adams, the prosecutor of Anne Arundel's attorney, called Ramos a danger to society because of the evidence that he planned the attack carefully and barricaded the back door so victim could not escape and used "a tactical approach to Hunting and Shooting the Innocent People. "
" There was a victim trying to escape through the back door and being shot, "Adams said.
President Donald Trump said Friday: "This attack shook the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. Like all Americans, journalists should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while they work.
Court documents show Ramos a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper in 2012, but a judge dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that Ramos' failed at a libel case. "A court of appeal in Maryland upheld the verdict.
Ramos is a graduate of the 2006 College in Laurel, Maryland, known as Capitol Technology University since 2014. CapTech is an independent four-year university in Maryland, the Engineers Computer scientist who frequently joins federal careers.
"Ramos attended Capitol College and in August 2006 he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering," said Robert Herschbach, a spokesman for the University.
Ramos was appointed by the Federal Office of Labor Statistics hired as an IT staff According to a spokesman for the 2007 Labor Department until 2014.
On Thursday night, the authorities surrounding a housing complex connected to Ramos in a small neighborhood in Laurel, Maryland. Police cleared the area near Ramos's small side street on Thursday night when helicopters flew overhead.
William Krampf of the district police confirmed that only on Thursday were threats made against the newspaper via social media, which "indicated violence," but it was not clear whether they came from the suspect.
The five victims, all the staff of the newspaper were editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, editor of the special publications Wendi Winters, writer John McNamara, editor Gerald Fischman and sales assistant Rebecca Smith
crime reporter Phil Davis, who sits under a desk at the height of Melee's described the scene to The Baltimore Sun, which owns the newspaper, as "like a war zone."
Anthony Bote, an intern at Capital Gazette, told NBC News' TODAY Show Friday that he was in on Thursday The editor of the newspaper was when a gunman opened the fire, and nothing could have prepared him for it.
"First Ith should it be fireworks?" Said Messenger. "I heard a bang and I turned and looked over my shoulder towards the entrance to the room and I saw some faces that looked worried, but I could not see any shooter or anything."
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One of his colleagues ran to a door that Messenger said was never locked, but that was somehow blocked.
"I quickly realized that this is a vicious situation, he (the shooter) is here to harm us," Messenger said. "I called the police … and I could not talk to them, I did not feel that I could do that in a way our position would not tip over the shooter … as soon as he (the Sagittarius) away from us … I decided to write to my friend, I said: "Please call the police I have problems. "… at that moment I thought I was going to die."
Later, Messenger said that leaving the building was chaotic.
"Unfortunately we had to pass two corpses of our colleagues That was something no one should ever stomach," he said. "I think, just the sheer mess of everything, people were too caught up in trying to find safety, to realize that this is a man we have a history with."
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