Nearly five people were killed and two others injured on June 28 when an armed man with shotgun and smoke grenades opened fire inside the newsroom’s glass doors of The Capital Gazette newspaper chain based in Maryland’s capital Annapolis, Washington, police said.
A 38-year-old suspect had an old feud with Capital Gazette, and law enforcement sources said that the police had identified the suspect as Jarrod Warren Ramos and he is a resident of Maryland. He sued the newspaper and one of its journalists in 2012, alleging defamation.
William Krampf, acting Anne Arundel county police chief, said, “This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm.”
Gazette reporter Phil Davis tweeted, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”
Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel county executive, reportedly said that the suspect “has not been particularly cooperative.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene. I am absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said.