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Annapolis, Maryland - Capital Gazette Newspaper, June 28, 2018
When: June 18, 2018, Capital Gazette Newspaper Shooting
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Attacker: Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38 years old
Fatalities: 5 dead, 2 injured
Weapon(s): Pump action 12-gauge shotgun
Type of attacker: Hate/Bias
On June 28, 2018, 38-year-old Jarrod Warren Ramos shot out the glass at the front entrance of the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. He was armed with a pump action 12 gauge shotgun and smoke grenades. After entering, Ramos immediately opened fire on workers. Just prior to the attack, Ramos had baricaded the back exit door to prevent those from inside escaping the planned attack. Of the 5 employees killed and two injured, one worker was killed when trying to exit the blocked back exit door. Police responded within one minutequickly and Ramos was apprehended from his hiding site beneath an office desk. Uncooperative in custody, he was not identified immediately. However, using available facial recognition software available in Maryland law enforcement, they were able to identify Ramos.
The attack was a targeted attack. Ramos had long held a grudge against the paper for publishing an article about his guilty plea in a harassment case in 2011. In 2012, he filed a defamation suit against the Capital Gazette. There had been a long history of threats leveled against the paper. The administration of the Capital Gazette had not filed charges in the past due to fear of retribution.
Sabrina Tavernise, Amy Harmon and Maya Salam, “5 People Dead in Shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette Newsroom,” The New York Times, June 28, 2018.
Colin Campbell, “What we know about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis,” The Baltimore Sun, July 5, 2018.
Ian Duncan and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, “Capital Gazette shooting suspect's anger flared, and fell silent. Then, police say, it exploded,” The Baltimore Sun, July 8, 2018.