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Maryland newspaper suspect in the past led to the fear that he would be the ” next mass shooter, reports say

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Alleged newsroom shooting suspect’s threats against the paper

The police confirm the suspect in social media threats against the Capital Gazette in the hours before the attack; Trace Gallagher reports from Los Angeles.

The police in Annapolis, Md., were reportedly warned years ago that Jarrod W. Ramos — the suspect in Thursday’s deadly shooting at the editorial office of the Capital Gazette — “will your next mass shooter.”

Jayne Miller, a reporter with Baltimore’s WBAL-TV, said Thursday that she spoke with a woman who claimed that Ramos had been stalked, hunted, and persecuted her — it can be “fixed” to the point where she was afraid enough to move out of state.

“He is a f***** idiot,” said the woman, according to Miller. The unknown woman told Miller she had been warned a former police officer years ago, that Ramos “will be your next mass shooter.”

“He is a f***** nut job” –a woman who says she was stalked by suspect in fatal shooting of 5 people in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis…says she warned former police officer years ago..”he will be your next mass-shooter”

— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) June 29, 2018

The woman who was hounded, harassed, sued, and scared away to another member state by a suspect in a fatal shooting of 5 at Capital Gazette in Annapolis told me that he was, for no apparent reason, “fixated” with her..caused to move 3x, changed her name, and now sleeps with a gun.

— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) June 29, 2018

The police identified Ramos, a man in his 30s, if the defendant is taken into custody after Thursday’s shooting, which left five Gazette staffers dead, the Associated Press reported.

In 2012, Ramos had reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against the Capital Gazette-including one of the reporters, an Anne Arundel County judge and his wife, who testified against him — after the publication of an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier.

The harassment case went to an online relationship with a former high school classmate Ramos had tried to contact, the Baltimore Sun reported.

It was unclear whether the woman, in particular, in the case that it was the same woman who spoke with WBAL-TV’s Miller.

The Baltimore Sun, is the owner of the Annapolis paper, reported the trial, also the name of the newspaper’s former editor and publisher, Thomas Marquardt, as a defendant. He told the Sun that Ramos began harassing the paper and its staff after the article ran in 2011, with online threats that escalated for years.

“I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence,” Marquardt told the Sun. “I even told my wife,” We have to be involved. This man could really hurt.'”

Officials have yet to confirm a motive for the Thursday attack, said the suspect has not been cooperative in providing information to the researchers.

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.”

“This person was willing today to come, is this person willing to shoot the people,” Krampf said.

The 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 police said that the two others had light injuries, and the newspaper later reported both workers later from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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