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Maryland newspaper defendant by the district court; charged with first-degree murder

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The police speak of frustration after newsroom shoot

Defendant Jarrod W. Ramos is not cooperating with the police investigation; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Complex reacts.

A suspect accused of killing five staff members of the Maryland Capital Gazette newspaper is expected to appear before the court on Friday at 10:30 pm ET, court documents said.

Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder after allegedly firing a gun in the Annapolis paper’s newsroom on Thursday, the killing of four journalists and a sales assistant.

While the officials have a motive, Ramos reportedly had a bitter history with the paper.

Ramos reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper in 2012 after an article about his criminal harassment conviction a year earlier, was published. He would have made increasing threats against workers and the paper in the course of the lawsuit, which reportedly was arranged in the newspaper about the benefit in 2015.

Anne Arundel County deputy police chief William Krampf called Thursday in the newsroom of the record of a targeted attack in which the shooter “was looking for his victims.”

The five victims were Rob Hiaasen, 59, deputy editor-in-chief; Wendi Winters is a community news reporter; reporter John McNamara; Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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