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Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Those Familiar With Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Deemed Him Dangerous

Those Familiar With Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Deemed Him Dangerous

Police said that Ramos, who is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, had a long-running dispute with the newspaper over a column about a criminal harassment charge against him. His public defenders had no comment outside court. Another describes him as "recalcitrant". Ramos is said to have sent threatening tweets to some of the staff members years earlier. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation's media capital.

In 2014, Ramos filed a complaint and demand for trial before a jury in his ongoing legal battle against the newspaper that now included Douglas, the woman whom he was convicted of harassing and her attorney, Brennan McCarthy, as defendants.

Anne Arundel County police chief Timothy Altomare said Ramos was not cooperating with investigators and that he was identified using facial-recognition technology.

For the record, the media is not the enemy of the American people; that's one of the more unsafe of the lies that are flooding the country today. Journalists crawled under desks and sought other hiding places, describing agonizing minutes of terror as they heard his footsteps and the repeated blasts of the weapons.

"As I stated to Judge Pryal there were two entrances to the offices in which this attack occurred", Adams said. "We're just really a tight community and it has pretty much shaken everyone around here", the souvenir shop owner said. It then listed the names of the five victims: Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith.

Two additional Capital employees, Janel Cooley and Rachael Pacella, were also wounded in the rampage and were released by Saturday.

On Thursday, Ramos allegedly gunned down five employees at the daily local newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, while barricading the office's exit door as part of a "targeted attack", authorities said.

Davis said he was under his desk and heard the gunman reload. In a later interview appearing on the paper's online site, Davis likened the newspaper office to a "war zone".

"I talked to Rob [by phone] Thursday morning - he talked about a headline clarification", Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook told NPR. "His intent was to cause harm", Krampf said. "I even told my wife, "We have to be concerned". She was a reporter and a mother of four. Altomare said the shooter meant to "kill as many people as he could kill".

Trump added, "My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life".

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said the injured have been transported to hospitals for medical care, and he is heartbroken over the news of multiple deaths. "Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against".

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is expressing sympathy for the families and friends of those killed at the office of The Capital, which he calls his "hometown newspaper".

Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley organized the Friday vigil, and praised the journalists and first responders for their response to the tragedy, telling the crowd, "This is who we are". "Journalists like all Americans should be free of the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs".

Ramos tweeted that he had set up a Twitter account to defend himself, and wrote in his biographical notes that he was suing people in Anne Arundel County and "making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities". "We took it very seriously". According to court documents, the judge said, "There is nothing" to prove "anything that was published" was in fact false. The case was dismissed, and an appeals court upheld the dismissal.

"I was shocked", said Gibb, who runs a nonprofit arts outreach program and grew up in Annapolis.

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