Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters before Thursday's shooting

Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters before Thursday's shooting

Maryland authorities used their facial recognition capabilities to identity Jarrod Ramos, the suspect in the Capital Gazette shooting, which left four journalists and one newspaper sales associate dead on Thursday.

The man suspected of killing five people in a Maryland newsroom posted a barrage of hostile tweets over more than two years about the newspaper but law enforcement remained unaware of those posts until after the attack, the local police chief said on Friday.

Steve Schuh, county executive of Anne Arundel County, holds a copy of The Capital Gazette near the scene of a shooting at the newspaper's office, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.

Police said the gunman entered the building and opened fire in a newspaper office in Maryland Thursday.

The five victims were named by police as Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Robert Hiaasen, 59, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56.

According to a WBAL-TV reporter who said she spoke with the woman who was harassed, Ramos became "fixated" with her for no apparent reason, causing her to move three times, change her name, and sleep with a gun. An appeals court later upheld the dismissal. Ramos received a suspended sentence and probation in the case, The Wall Street Journal reported. In 2013, Marquardt said he had even spoken to police about filing a restraining order against Ramos.

In the United States a candlelight vigil has been held in Maryland in memory of five newspaper employees, shot dead by a gunman on Thursday.

Friday morning's edition featured in-depth coverage of the shooting and obituaries of the five people killed.

Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, court records show.

Phil Davis, a crime and courts reporter with the Capital Gazette, tweeted., "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload".

A reader holding a copy of The Capital a day after the shooting. A judge dismissed the suit, telling Ramos that he hadn't shown "anything that was published about you is, in fact, false".

"He represented himself and took advantage of the legal system to keep the case alive for a long period of time during which he sued lawyers, judges, anybody who crossed his path and disagreed with him", he said.

In a letter released by the Annapolis newspaper on Sunday, staff members thanked readers for their support following the attack but also said they could not forget President Trump singling out the media as "the enemy of the people". The online records do not list an attorney for the individual.

Police say they are a questioning the suspect, a white man in his late 30s, following Thursday's attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. In a later interview appearing on the paper's online site, Davis likened the newspaper office to a "war zone".

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