Shooter Jarrod Ramos Threatened Capital Gazette Journalists For Years – Fired Off Angry Tweet Shortly Before Shooting Rampage
Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos
Authorities identified the Capital Gazette shooter using facial recognition software.
His name is Jarrod Ramos; he is 38 years old, according to NBC.
Jarrod Ramos entered the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday afternoon, and shot and killed five people; many more were injured.
According to law enforcement, Jarrod Ramos previously sued the Capital Gazette for defamation and lost.
Ramos threatened and harassed Capital Gazette journalists for years.
He created a Twitter account and posted hundreds of tweets about his defamation case against the paper; he even harassed the judge assigned to the case.
The LA Times reported:
Ramos accused the Capital of defamation and sued, representing himself in court, unsuccessfully. A Twitter account under his name showed hundreds of posts related to the case and its various appeals.
The profile picture on the Twitter account featured the writer of the column, and some posts alluded to other shootings of journalists, including the 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and two Virginia television journalists who were murdered on live television later that year.
“He waged a one-person attack on anything he could muster in court against the Capital,” Tom Marquardt, the newspaper’s editor and publisher until 2012, told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview.
“I said during that time, ‘This guy is crazy enough to come in and blow us all away,’” Marquart said, adding that he and other newspaper officials had fretted over how to stop Ramos’ harassment.
Marquart said police couldn’t arrest Ramos for his behavior toward the newspaper, and the paper was reluctant to sue him in court. “The theory back then was, ‘Let’s not infuriate him more than I have to.… The more you agitate this guy, the worse it’s gonna get.’”
As he spoke to The Times, Marquart’s voice grew tense as he recalled his fear of Ramos, and how he’d felt powerless to do anything to stop the harassment.
“If it’s him, I’m gonna feel … responsible for this,” Marquart said. “I pray it’s not him.”
Below is a screenshot of Jarrod Ramos’ Twitter account.
His Twitter bio reads: “Dear reader: I created this page to defend myself. Now I’m suing the shit out of half of AA County and making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities.”
A tweet was sent shortly before the shooting Thursday from the Twitter account, presumably by Jarrod Ramos. [Time displayed in screenshot is PST]
Thursday’s tweet was the first tweet Jarrod Ramos sent from the account in over two years.
The tweet said, “F*ck you, leave me alone @JudgeMoylanfrnd”
Judge Moyland was assigned to Ramos’ defamation suit against the paper; the Twitter account tagged in the tweet appears to be another account created by Jarrod Ramos.
The last tweet Jarrod Ramos sent before Thursday’s post was also a threatening tweet to Judge Moylan, but it was sent in January of 2016. [Screenshot below]