Shooter Who Allegedly Murdered Five at Capital Gazette Newsroom Had Vendetta Against the Paper Going Back Years

Jarrod Ramos allegedly murdered five journalists on Thursday by opening fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland in what appears to be a vendetta against the newspaper.

“In 2011, he was convicted of criminally harassing a romantic interest. A then-Gazette columnist, Eric Hartley, wrote a story about his conviction and his history as a harasser,” Matthew Boyle of Breitbart said. “Ramos reportedly turned his anger on Hartley and the paper, starting a website dedicated to discrediting Hartley. In 2012, Ramos launched a lawsuit, representing himself, against Hartley, the Capital Gazette, its parent company, and editor Tom Marquardt.”

The case involved online harassment of a former classmate who Investigative Reporter Jayne Miller said described him as a nutjob. The woman reportedly warned police that Ramos would be the next shooter, and even moved three times to get away from him.

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Before more information was known, social media exploded with people politicising the shooting and some in the mainstream media blamed President Trump for it.

John Cox, the editor of Reuters, said in a now deleted tweet that Trump had blood on his hands.

“This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul. At least four people killed in Maryland newspaper shooting: reports.”

Cox has since deleted the tweet and apologised for it, but this slip of professionalism gives a peek into the mindset of an editor behind a huge organisation that gathers news and sells it to mainstream media outlets. Reuters provides content for offices in most countries of the world, and is responsible for much of the news people read today.

Victims of the newsroom shooting include Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, and John McNamara.

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This is a developing story.