An American white man in his late 30s has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of employees at a newspaper office in the US state of Maryland.
The 38-year-old suspect on Thursday afternoon allegedly targeted The Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, Maryland, shooting his way into the newsroom and killing four journalists and a staffer before police arrested him.
The suspect has been named as Jarrod W. Ramos. In 2012, he filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper and a columnist over a July 2011 article that covered a criminal harassment charge against him.
The court case made staff concerned about the Ramos’ behavior, the newspaper’s former editor said. “He waged a one-person attack on anything he could muster in court against the Capital,” said Tom Marquardt. “I said during that time, ‘This guy is crazy enough to come in and blow us all away.’”
Capital Gazette shooting suspect…