Jarrod Warren Ramos has been identified as the shooter responsible for killing five on Thursday and injuring several others at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis
Police received a call about an active shooter around 2:30
First responders were able to arrive on the scene in roughly one minute
Ramos was found hiding underneath a desk with his gun on the floor
Reports say Ramos was involved in a defamation lawsuit against The Capital Gazette in 2012 that was dismissed
Ramos’ Twitter account shows a hatred for The Capital Gazette that has been brewing for a long time
Unconfirmed reports claim Ramos mutilated his hands to avoid being identified
NBC News reports that Ramos was identified with facial recognition
Five are dead and several others injured following a planned attack at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Police arrived on the scene and managed to take 38-year-old Jarrod Warren Ramos into custody.
Police received a call at roughly 2:30 pm about an active shooter at 888 Bestgate Road. The address houses The Capital Gazette and several other businesses. Officers were said to have arrived on the seen in roughly one minute after receiving the call. Ramos used a shotgun in the attack and was also said to have used at least one smoke grenade.
Officers did not exchange fire with Ramos, who was found underneath a desk with his gun on the floor. Ramos was taken from the scene to be interrogated. In total, around 170 people were inside the building when the attack occurred. The Capital Gazette is owned by the Baltimore Sun.
Following the shooting, Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf said the suspect was a Maryland man in his 30’s. NBC News identified the suspect as Ramos, reporting he is from Laurel. According to Krampf, Ramos “looked for victims as he walked through the lower level.”
This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette. He was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm.
Anne Arundel County police Lt. Ryan Frashure said, “This individual had some type of vendetta against The Capital newspaper, and they were specifically targeted.” It is reported that Ramos was involved in a defamation lawsuit with The Capital Gazette in 2012 that was eventually dismissed. Ramos’ Twitter account confirms his grudge against the newspaper dates back years.
Authorities are conducting a search warrant at Ramos’ residence. It was reported that Ramos had possibly mutilated his hands in an attempt to prevent police from identifying him, but Krampf was not able to confirm that information.
Multiple senior law enforcement officers claimed Ramos was identified with the help of facial recognition. However, Krampf was not able to confirm this information either.
Krampf said police evacuated and secured the building. A smoke grenade canister was recovered from the scene according to Krampf.
The building is secure from a tactical standpoint, which means that right now we believe that there are no other shooters in the building, but it has not been cleared from an investigative standpoint.