Maryland newspaper shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos denied bail after five people killed

Pat Furgurson staff reporter of the Capital Gazette reports outside the scene of a shooting at the Capital Gazette building

Phil Davis, a courts and crime reporter 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.

Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams said Ramos' actions, including barricading a back door so that people could not escape and his "tactical approach of hunting down and shooting the innocent victims", was evidence of a coordinated attack.

"There's clearly a history there", Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare told reporters Friday morning, responding to questions about Ramos' connection to the paper.

All five of the people who were killed in the shooting Thursday afternoon were staffers at the Capital Gazette.

Two law enforcement sources said his fingerprints appear to have been altered, making it hard to identify him that way.

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President Donald Trump on Friday publicly addressed the deadly shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland the day prior, describing the incident as "horrific".

President Donald Trump addressed the shooting Friday, calling it a "horrific, terrible thing" that "shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief".

Thursday's shooting was one of the worst attacks ever to target journalists in the United States, and local media said police had stepped up security at other news organizations.

The newspaper's editors left the editorial page blank with a note saying that they were speechless. The alleged shooter was said to be perturbed by an article the paper published in 2011 that detailed he stalked and harassed a woman for more than a year. In a different tweet, Ramos said he'd enjoy seeing the paper stop publishing, but "it would be nicer" to see two journalists "cease breathing".

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"These guys, they don't make a lot of money". They do journalism because they love what theydo. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland announced that the city's houses of worship had planned a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Friday at a mall across the street from the shooting site.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, ordered Maryland flags lowered through Monday in memory of the victims.

Ramos had brought a defamation lawsuit in 2012 against Eric Hartley, formerly a staff writer and columnist with Capital Gazette, and Thomas Marquardt, then its editor and publisher, according to a court filing.

Neither Mr Hartley nor Mr Marquardt is still employed by the paper or were at its office on Thursday.

Ramos pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and was sentenced to probation. "It all came from a public record".

In 2015 Maryland's second-highest court upheld the ruling, rejecting Mr Ramos's suit. The statement says Ramos then "attempted to hide himself under a desk" until police arrived and located him.

"We're not going to forget them, and we don't want people to forget them", Davis said.

Ramos was employed by an IT contractor for the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics - the agency that does the monthly jobs report and other economic data - from 2007 through 2014, a department spokesman said. They're putting together packages for The Baltimore Sun, and another group is putting together packages for the Capital Gazette. And the newspaper's journalists struggled in their grief as they went about the job of reporting and editing a story that involved them. "We're just really a tight community and it has pretty much shaken everyone around here", the souvenir shop owner said. I was praying the entire time I was [hiding] under that desk.

"As I stated to Judge Pryal there were two entrances to the offices in which this attack occurred", Adams said. He was held without bail.

The Annapolis newspaper "The Capital", part of the Gazette group, published an edition on Friday with photographs of each of the victims.

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