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Tom Cleary — heavy. June 28, 2018

Scene of the shooting at the Capital Gazette office in Maryland. Click to enlarge

A 38-year-old man has been identified as the suspect who opened fire at the Capital Gazette office in Maryland, killing at least five people in a “targeted attack” on the news organization, police said. He had previously filed a defamation lawsuit against The Capital newspaper, which was dismissed in 2013. The dismissal was upheld in 2015 by a Maryland appellate court…

2. A Woman Who Ramos Harassed & Threatened for Several Months Says She Told Police ‘He Will Be Your Next Mass Shooter’

Court records show Jarrod Warren Ramos was convicted of harassment in January 2011 in a case that stemmed from a March 2, 2010, incident. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended, and 18 months supervised probation, according to court records. Ramos was also ordered to continue therapy and refrain from contact with the harassment victim and her family. After his sentence, Eric Hartley, a former The Capital staff writer, wrote an article in The Capital with the headline “Jarrod wants to be your friend.”

The article described the accusations against Ramos, including that he had sent a Facebook request out of the blue to a woman and thanked her for being the only person ever to say hello or be nice to him in school. The woman said she didn’t remember Ramos, so he sent pictures. When she Googled him, she found they had gone to Anne Arundel High School together. She wrote back to him because he was going through problems and she told him he should get help at a counseling center.

The woman said Ramos then sent months of emails in which he asked for help, called her vulgar names and told her to kill himself. He also emailed her company and tried to get her fired.

“She stopped writing back and told him to stop, but he continued. When she blocked him from seeing her Facebook page, he found things she wrote on other people’s pages and taunted her with it, attaching screenshots of the postings to some of his emails,” Hartley wrote. “She called police, and for months he stopped. But then he started again, nastier than ever.

All this without having seen her in person since high school. They never met until they came to court a couple of months ago.”

According to the news article from 2011, “Ramos, a tall, thin man with long hair he wears in a ponytail, did not speak at the hearing and did not return a call for comment left with his attorney. He has a degree in computer engineering and has worked for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for six years, (his attorney) said. He had no previous criminal record.”

The woman who had been harassed told WBAL-TV after the Capital Gazette shooting, “he’s a f*cking nut job.”

 The woman told WBAL reporter Jayne Miller that Ramos became “fixated” on her for some reason. She had to move three times, including to another state because she was so terrified of him. She also changed her name and started sleeping with a gun. She told Miller that she warned a police official years ago, “he will be your next mass shooter.”

3. The Paper’s Former Publisher Says He Thought Ramos ‘Was Crazy Enough to Come In & Blow Us All Away’

 

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