Newsroom shooting suspect charged with first-degree murder
Jarrod W. Ramos denied bail in Annapolis, Maryland; Griff Jenkins reports on the latest in the investigation.
The Capital Gazette of the killer barricaded a door and shot at least one flight victim during his short but bloody massacre in Maryland newspaper Thursday, a prosecutor said.
Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38, is charged in the murder of five staff members on the paper.
Wes Adams, Maryland public prosecutor, said Friday a person who tried to escape the terror, but was thwarted by Ramos.
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Friday.
(Anne Arundel Co. Dept. of the Detention facilities)
“There was one victim who tried to escape through the back door and was shot,” Adams said.
The prosecutor said Ramos, “entered through the front door and worked his way through the office, where he shot the victims as he walked through the office.”
The police said Ramos explicitly the newspaper. On Friday, a judge ordered Ramos held without bond pending a trial. Earlier on Friday, Ramos was charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
Ramos appeared before Judge Thomas Pryal on Friday, wearing a green detention suit in a video court appearance. The defendant said nothing, but looked intently, the Associated Press reported. The authorities believe that the suspect as being non-cooperative.
Jarrod Warren Ramos was ordered held without bond pending a trial on Friday 29 June 2018.
(Anne Arundel Police via AP)
Adams told the judge that Ramos was a danger for the society is justified because of the evidence that he carefully planned attack, barricading the back door, so that the victims could not escape, before you “a tactical approach in the hunt and shoot innocent people.”
The five Gazette staffers killed in the attack were identified as Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Rebecca Smith and Rob Hiaasen. Two other employees, Rachel Pacella and Janet Cooley were injured in the attack and treated in a hospital before being released.
Winters was the special publications editor. McNamara was a writer. Fischman was editorial page editor. Smith was a sales assistant. Hiaasen was an assistant editor and columnist.
The police held a final press conference about the shooting on Friday entry of the defendant made use of a pump-action shotgun that he legally bought about a year or so ago. The suspect was also carrying smoke grenades.
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Anne Arundel County Chief Timothy Complex, said: “The man was there to kill as many people as he could.”
Altomare said authorities were not looking for other suspects related to the shooting and said that they had no reason to believe that someone else was involved. The police obtained a search warrant at the suspect’s apartment and found evidence which shows that the “coming of the planning.” Altomare said that he believed that the attack was planned. He said that researchers did not find a written manifesto in the house.
The crime scene tape around a building of The Capital Gazette newspaper offices on Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.
Altomare said investigators were able to identify the suspect using quickly with the help of facial recognition technology from the Maryland Image Repository System. The chief refused to say that the suspect (name, refuse to give him the satisfaction of identifying him by name.
The chief said the Capital Gazette refused to press charges against Ramos on social media threat he made against the newspaper in 2013. Further details were not immediately available.
Altomare said about 300 police officers from different agencies were on the scene that day to help capture the suspect who was found hiding under a desk at the officer.
“Any agent from all these agencies is a part of how we save these people the life of yesterday, I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Altomare said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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