Police: Annapolis attack is a ‘targeted’ shooting
Enforcement of the law call of a shooting on the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland a ‘targeted’ attack, that there were threats sent via social media. #Tucker
The man is suspected of opening fire on the editorial staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, killing at least five people, was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Described as a man in his 30s, Ramos was taken into custody after he allegedly shot journalists and other employees of the Annapolis-area newspaper.
ROB HIAASEN, THE CAPITAL GAZETTE EDITOR AND THE BROTHER OF THE WRITER CARL HIAASEN, IDENTIFIED AS A NEWSROOM SHOOTING VICTIM
Ramos reportedly had a history with the Capital Gazette, such as reports, said he called the paper and one of the columnists for defamation in 2012.
Investigators had difficulty identifying the suspect through his fingerprints because his fingers were mutilated, Fox News has learned.
It was not immediately clear whether he mutiliated his fingertips to avoid being identified, as he suffered injuries during the shooting or if he had long-term injuries.
Twitter accounts that apparently belong to the defendant recorded images of a gun on someone’s head, and several profanity-laced tweets.
This is a developing story; check back for updates. Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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