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Woman Stalked by Capital Gazette Shooter says He was “a F—ing Nut Job” #crime #media

A woman who claimed that the Capital Gazette shooting suspect had stalked, harassed and sued her warned a former police official that “he will be your next mass shooter,” according to a new report.

The woman, whose name was not released, also told local station WBAL 11 that Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, the shotgun-toting man who allegedly burst into the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, killing five staffers, was “a f—ing nut job.”

Jayne Miller, an investigative reporter at WBAL, tweeted that the woman told her Ramos became “fixated” on her for no obvious reason — causing her to move three times, change her name and even sleep with a gun out of fear.

Rob Hiaasen, 59, Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara were shot and killed during Ramos’ rampage, the acting chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, William Krampf, told a news conference Thursday.

All were journalists except Smith, who was a sales assistant, he said.

Ramos was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to online court records.

Ramos, of Laurel, Md., about 25 miles west of Annapolis, is scheduled for a bail review hearing at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Anne Arundel County criminal court. He did not have an attorney listed.

What we know about Ramos:

1. Ramos is a local man.

Authorities say he lived in Maryland. They are currently searching his home in the town of Laurel, which is about halfway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

2. Ramos sued the Capital Gazette in the past.

In 2012 he filed a defamation suit against the paper and then-reporter Eric Hartley, who wrote about Ramos’ guilty plea in a 2011 criminal harassment case. He acted as his own attorney and a judge dismissed his case in 2013, saying that Hartley used public records and did not print any incorrect information.

3. Authorities believe Ramos specifically targeted the paper’s offices.

Anne Arundel County police officials said at a press conference he “had some sort of vendetta” against the Capital Gazette and had been making social media threats “indicating violence” against the paper. Authorities said he let off smoke bombs once inside the building to add to the chaos off his alleged shooting. They added that he was “prepared” and on a mission “to cause harm” to those inside.

4. Ramos tried to make himself hard to identify.

After his capture he was uncooperative with police, was not carrying identification and had even physically altered his fingertips, making it impossible to identify him through fingerprinting methods. Ramos eventually was ID’d through facial recognition software.

5. The paper’s former editor was scared that Ramos would one day come in and shoot up the office.

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Thomas Marquart, who was Editor-in-Chief of the Capital Gazette until 2012, told the LA Times via a phone interview after the massacre that

Ramos “Waged a one person attack on anything he could muster in court against The Capital. I said a the time ‘this guy is crazy enough to come in and blow us all away.’” He said he other newspaper officials at the time worried about Ramos’ behavior and harassment against the paper. He recalled his fear of Ramos and how he felt powerless to stop the harassment against the Capital and its employees. Marquart even told theTimes he “prayed” that Ramos wouldn’t be ID’d at the suspected shooter and that he would feel “f**king responsible” if it was him.

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Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 29th, 2018

 

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