Ramos has now been charged with five counts of murder after the shooting.
His public defenders had no comment after he was denied bail in a brief court appearance. “We know this is another case of senseless violence and the violent culture that we live in”, Crestwell says.
His employer said the federal government demanded he be terminated “citing security suitability concerns resulting from an investigation”.
This photo combination shows the victims of the shooting in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Although police were still investigating motives in the case, The Baltimore Sun – which owns The Capital and helped its small team of surviving journalists put out Friday’s edition – said Ramos had feuded with the daily over a 2011 story covering a criminal harassment case against him.
US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly referred to the media as the “enemy of the people”, on Friday described the shooting as “horrific”. Feeling that he might be experiencing some problems, the woman had encouraged him to seek counseling.
She said it was “heartbreaking” to see the names of the victims in the newspaper a day after the shooting. The woman said she hadn’t written him in months.
An Anne Arundel officer wrote that during that call, he indicated that he did not believe Ramos was a threat to the paper’s employees. She also knew assistant managing editor Rob Hiaasen, also among the dead.
Police said Friday that the gun allegedly used by Ramos was legally purchased.
Police have carried out searches of Ramos’ apartment and vehicle.
Turner was part of the early morning crowd at the convenience store Friday – a mixture of regulars and those brought to Annapolis, the state capital, by the tragedy.
In July 2012, Ramos filed the defamation suit against the Capital Gazette, Hartley and Marquardt. The concerns were so dire that the federal agency decided that “in order to mitigate potential security risk, Mr. Ramos will not be permitted back on BLS premises”, read one email from an agency employee.
House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, whose district includes Annapolis, stood outside his office, several feet from the memorial, and spoke emotionally about those killed. The report also noted Ramos had not registered any firearms in Maryland.
Little has been released about Ramos, other than that he is single, has no children and lives in an apartment in Laurel, Maryland.
Witnesses said the gunman shot through a glass door and then began shooting at employees in the newsroom using a long shotgun.
“When I sat for my endorsement interviews in 2010, he made it clear to me it was to be earned and by no means was guaranteed”, former two-term Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit told the newspaper.
So what appears to have happened is that the Capital Gazette reported on a woman who had suffered abuse and Jarrod Ramos could never get over that. Authorities responded within minutes, and the suspect was taken into custody without an exchange of gunfire. POLICE HAD TROUBLE IDENTIFYING RAMOSAuthorities said he was not carrying identification at the time of his arrest and was not cooperating. It was a commendable show of dedication to their mission as journalists – report on the matters that affect their communities every day. The suspect had previously only been publicly described as a white male in his late 30s who is a Maryland resident.
While we can not discount the importance of the narrative that’s been created by this current administration, tirelessly working to vilify the legitimate press, it’s unsurprising to hear that at the root of the hatred the alleged shooter, Jarrod Ramos, bore for the Gazette was another all-too-familiar point: obsessive, possibly abusive behavior towards a woman.
Brennan McCarthy, the lawyer who represented his former classmate, said Ramos’ harassment of her was malicious.
In 2014, Ramos was sacked from his job as a help desk specialist in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, according to court documents.