Shooter kills 5 injures 2 at Capital Gazette Newspaper
By: Suzy Adams, Xiro Xone News June 29, 2018 Updated: 6:39 PM PT
On Thursday shots rang out at the offices of the Capital Gazette Newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killing 5 and injuring two others. The suspect entered the Capital Gazette offices with a pump-action shotgun that was "legally purchased a year or so ago" according to Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare.
Police received a 911 call describing that a white male in black pants and olive T-shirt, with long hair in his 30s was “shooting people.” Gov. Larry Hogan commended the fast action of the first responders and how they may have saved lives by stopping the shooter before he could take more lives.
In a statement Friday morning Hogan said "There is no amount of clarity that will ever explain or nullify the pain that comes with losing so many lives for so little reason." Hogan said. He added, "journalism is a noble profession upon which our democracy depends, and we will fight to defend it."
Though the shooting is not connected to any politician on either side, it comes at a time when the President and members of the republican party have called journalist “fake” “dishonest” and “An enemy of the people.”
The man who is suspected of randomly shooting several workers at the newspaper office was 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos. Ramos had been holding a grudge against the newspaper since they chronicled his arrest for stalking a former classmate. He filed a defamation suit against the newspaper and lost. This led to further stalking, and the posting of various allegations against the judge in the case and, the newspaper.
Ramos was taken into custody but was not cooperating with authorities. He is facing five first-degree murder charges and was denied bail during his arraignment on Friday.