Capital Gazette Staff Warned Years Ago to Call 911 if They Saw Shooting Suspect

Suspect in newspaper shooting, which left five staff dead and two injured, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder

Capital Gazette staff were shown a photo of Jarrod W. Ramos years ago, and warned that if they ever saw him to call 911, a former editor and publisher said.

Authorities on Friday charged Mr. Ramos with five counts of first-degree murder following Thursday’s deadly attack there.

Thomas Marquardt, who led the paper when Mr. Ramos’s grudge against the Annapolis, Md., newspaper started, described the suspect as the most threatening person he ever had to deal with as a journalist. He said he asked the newspaper’s lawyers to contact the Anne Arundel County sheriff’s office to investigate what he considered to be obvious threats.

“Some people have said the threats were veiled, but it was pretty clear to us working there at the time,” said Mr. Marquardt, who stepped down in 2012 but continued to write for the paper. “They weren’t vague to me at all. I felt threatened the whole time.”

Mr. Marquardt said the suspect had launched a Twitter account that he directed at the newspaper and its staff. At one point, Mr. Ramos tweeted implying he wished Mr. Marquardt was dead, he said.

“Everyone knew what he looked like,” said the 70-year-old former editor and publisher, now retired and living in Florida. “We took it very seriously.”

Mr. Ramos allegedly entered the office at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, shooting out the doors and then…

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