'It's bad': Capital Gazette reporter tweets account of newspaper shooting

Saul Bowman
June 30, 2018

'I was not here when shooting occurred. Eastern Time, according to local police. The suspect was identified using face identification software as his fingerprints have been reportedly altered.

"We can't fathom why that person chose to do this", Altomare said Friday. Davis said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Gazette, that he and others were still hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing.

Anne Arundel County police said on Twitter that due to investigative reasons, they have not released the name of the suspect in custody, adding that as of Thursday evening, the suspect has not been booked.

Tom Marquardt, retired publisher and top editor at the paper, told The Capital Gazette on Thursday that he had always been concerned about Ramos' history of escalating social media attacks against the newspaper and its journalists.

"Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted. The police have called the shooting "a targeted attack".

'I'm in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day.

Multiple law enforcement officials have told CNN the suspect in the shooting is Jarrod Warren Ramos, who had previously filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper.


Ramos, who was armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun, had tried to sue the newspaper in 2012 for defamation over a 2011 column - a suit that was dismissed when Ramos could not produce any evidence, NBC reports. "We commend the swift action by law enforcement and all the first responders on the scene". That item was "taken care of".

Sean Robinson, who works for an insurance company on the building's top floor, took shelter away as far as possible from the entrance and texted his wife to say, "Hey, this is going on". The newspaper is one of several tenants in the building. POLICE HAD TROUBLE IDENTIFYING RAMOSAuthorities said he was not carrying identification at the time of his arrest and was not cooperating.

A US official told the Associated Press that the suspect damaged his fingers in what is believed to be an effort prevent investigators from quickly identifying him through his fingerprints.

Authorities said in a second news conference Thursday that 170 individuals were escorted safely from the building. By 9:30 p.m., the total amount in donations had almost reached the $30,000 goal.

A police spokesman said officers were looking for other dangers, such as bombs and other shooters, the Associated Press reports. "Employees could hear gun being reloaded." a reporter for the newspaper, Phil Davis, tweeted, saying that multiple people were shot. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad.

Agents from the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident, the bureau tweeted.

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