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Suspect charged after deadly shooting at newspaper in Maryland

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Maryland police officers patrol the area after multiple people were shot at at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Maryland police officers patrol the area after multiple people were shot at at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jarrod Warren Ramos is charged with five counts of first-degree murder after a deadly shooting at Maryland's capital newspaper on Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Anne Arundel Police Department) Jarrod Warren Ramos is charged with five counts of first-degree murder after a deadly shooting at Maryland's capital newspaper on Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Anne Arundel Police Department)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) —  First-degree murder charges were filed Friday against a man who police said targeted Maryland's capital newspaper, shooting his way into the newsroom and killing four journalists and a staffer before officers swiftly arrested him.

Jarrod Warren Ramos was interrogated, charged and jailed pending a 10:30 a.m. hearing in Annapolis. No defense attorney was listed in online court records, but one note suggests he could be represented by a public defender. Another describes him as "recalcitrant." Investigators said earlier that he was uncooperative.

[Related: These are the victims of the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting]

Thursday's attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the "fake news media" from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation's media capital.

Police described Ramos as a white man in his late 30s who lives in Maryland.

Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the gunman "looked for his victims."

"This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people," Krampf said.

[Related: Newspaper staff reports through grief after colleagues slain]

The victims included veteran journalist and columnist Rob Hiaasen, 59, brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" at losing his brother, "one of the most gentle and funny people I've ever known."

Also slain were:

  • Gerald Fischman, Editorial Page Editor
  • Wendi Winters, Special Publications Editor
  • John McNamara, Writer
  • Rebecca Smith, Sales Assistant

Police said two others had minor injuries, and the newspaper later reported two employees were subsequently released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Krampf said the gunman was a Maryland residen, but didn't name him.

Phil Davis, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling under desks.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," he wrote.

Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad.

One minute later Davis tweeted,

There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload

At around 4:10 pm local time Davis tweeted that he is ok and is being interviewed by police.

I'm currently waiting to be interviewed by police, so I'm safe and no longer at the office.

Davis added: "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload."

At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: "There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against."

Meanwhile, investigators said they would seek to learn more of the gunman's motives.

"The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don't have any information yet on motive," Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.

In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, alleging he was harmed by an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier. The suit was dismissed by a judge who wrote Ramos hadn't shown "anything that was published about you is, in fact, false." An appeals court later upheld the dismissal.

In an interview appearing on The Capital Gazette's online site, Davis said it "was like a war zone" inside the newspaper's offices.

"I'm a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time," he said. "But as much as I'm going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don't know until you're there and you feel helpless."

The attacker had mutilated his fingers in an apparent attempt to make it harder to identify him, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Another official who also spoke on condition of anonymity said he was identified with help of facial recognition technology.

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said his local agency couldn't confirm those accounts.

Frashure said officers arrived within about 60 seconds and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire. About 170 people were evacuated, many leaving with their hands up as police and other emergency vehicles arrived.

Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she ran after hearing shots but found a back door locked, then watched as a colleague was shot.

"I heard footsteps a couple of times ... I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn't be quiet," she added.

The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed. She added: "And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them."

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community was grieving the attack on its paper.

"These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there," Buckley said. "They don't make a lot of money. It's just immoral that their lives should be in danger."

The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. It is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

The Associated Press Media Editors have promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover. An APME statement called on newspapers nationwide to help the paper and its journalists so they can continue to cover their community and fight for freedom of the press.

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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington and Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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