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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