Suspect in Maryland newspaper shootings charged with murder in deaths of five victims

Jarrod Ramos (Anne Arundel police handout/AFP/Getty Images)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Court records filed Friday show Jarrod W. Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the killings inside the offices of Maryland’s Capital Gazette.

Authorities say Ramos opened fire inside the newspaper office Thursday, killing five and injuring two others. He had a long, acrimonious history with the newspaper, including a lawsuit and years of harassment of its journalists.

The online records do not list an attorney for Ramos, who is scheduled for a bail hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Annapolis.

In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, alleging he was harmed by an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier. Ramos received a suspended sentence and probation in the case, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.