ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The man accused of killing five people in a Maryland newspaper was investigated by a flood of menacing tweets five years ago, but a detective came to the conclusion that he was not a threat From a report by the police, which was released on Friday, we do not want to bring charges in order not to inflame the situation.
The newspaper was afraid of "putting a stick in a hive".
The 2013 police report contributed to the picture of Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, when the former Information Technology officer, who has long struggled against the capital of Annapolis, has been charged with murder in five cases of murder. Authorities said Ramos barricaded the back door of the office to prevent anyone escaping and methodically made his way through the news room on Thursday with a 12-gauge pump shotgun, shooting down a victim trying his back hatch.
Three traitors, one reporter and one salesman were killed.
"The guy was there to kill as many people as possible," said Timothy Altomare, police chief of Anne Arundel.
Ramos, clean-shaven, with long hair passing his shoulders, was denied bail in a short court appearance he attended by video, watching attentively, but saying nothing.
Authorities said he was "uncooperative" with interrogators. He was put in jail on a suicide guard. His public defenders had no comment.
The charges include a maximum penalty for life without parole. Maryland Has No Death Penalty
The bloodshed initially shook fears that recent political attacks on the "false news media" exploded into violence. But after all, Ramos had a specific, long-standing complaint against the paper.
President Donald Trump, who regularly reporters "liars" and "enemies of the people," said, "Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently assaulted while working."
Ramos had In 2012, filed a libel suit against the newspaper after an article was published about him, in which he pleaded guilty to molesting a woman. A judge later dismissed it as groundless. Ramos had repeatedly targeted his associates with angry, obscene tweets.
"There is clearly a story," said the police chief.
Ramos launched as many social media attacks as retired publisher Tom Marquardt in 2013 called. Altomare announced Friday that a detective had investigated these concerns and held a conference call with a lawyer from the publisher, a former correspondent and publisher of the newspaper.
The police report said the lawyer has produced a lot of tweets in which Ramos "mentions blood in the water, journalists hell, hitman, open season, glad that there will be no murderous rampage, murder career."
The Detective, Michael Praley, said in the report that he "did not believe Mr. Ramos was a threat to the employees" in the newspaper, noting that Ramos had not tried to enter the building and sent no "direct, threatening correspondence" would have.
"At the present time, the capital will not pursue prosecutions," Praley wrote. "It was described as putting a stick in a hive that the representatives of the capital city newspaper do not want."
Marquardt, the former publisher, said he had spoken with the paper's lawyers about an injunction, but not because of him and others, that it could provoke Ramos into something worse.
"We have decided to bottom out," he said Friday.
Later, in 2015, Ramos tweeted that he would like to see the newspaper's publication, but "it would be nicer" for two of his journalists to "stop breathing".
Then Ramos became "silent" for over two years, Marquardt said.
"This made us believe he had moved on, but for whatever reason, he decided to resurrect his issue with the capital yesterday," the former publisher said. "We do not know, why."
The chief of police said some new posts were close to killing, but the authorities did not know until later.
Few details were published on Ramos, except that he is single, has no children and lives in an apartment in Laurel, Maryland. He was employed by an IT service provider for the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Labor Department from 2007 to 2014, a spokesman for the department said.
The rampage started with a shotgun that destroyed the glass entrance to the open newsroom. Ramos carefully planned the attack and used "a tactical approach to hunt and shoot the innocent people," prosecutor Wes Adams said. He said the shooter had an escape plan, but would not elaborate on it.
Journalists crept under desks and searched for other hiding, describing agonizing minutes of terror when they heard the shooter's footsteps and repeated explosions.
He curled up, trying not to breathe, trying not to make a sound and shooting people around me. Photographer Paul Gillespie, who dived under a desk, told The Baltimore Sun, owner of the Annapolis newspaper.
Gillespie said he heard a colleague shout, "No!" A gunfire ensued, he heard another coworker's voice and then Another shot.
About 300 officers arrived and started to reach Ramos within two minutes, a quick response that "undoubtedly saved their lives," Altomare said.Hamos hid under a desk and did not exchange fire with the police
Ramos was identified using facial recognition technology because the police chief said it was a "delay" in obtaining results from the computer system for analyzing fingerprints. "The police dismissed news that Ramos had mutilated his fingertips to his Identification to prevent.
Two officials told the Associated Press on Thursday night on the basis of According to preliminary information, the shooter may have deliberately damaged his fingers.
The chief told Ramos "Shotgun was legally bought a year ago, despite being convicted in the case of harassment, and was also carrying smoke grenades, authorities said.
Investigators review Ramos' social media Posting and ransacking his home, where Altomare said they found evidence of the attack's planning, the chief did not provide any details.
Those killed included Rob Hiaasen, 59, the newspaper's deputy editor and brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen Editor-in-chief Gerald Fischman, editor of special projects, Wendi Winters, reporter John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.
City of Annapolis announced a vigil for the victims on Friday night in a public square near the State House] ____  Associated Press authors Eric Tucker of Washington, Michael Balsamo of Los Angeles, Michael Kunzelman of Annapolis, and Sarah Ranki n and Denise Lavoie of Richmond, Virginia contributed to the story, as did the AP News Research Center in New York.