Suspected Maryland newspaper shooter arrested

Investigators are expected to finish processing the crime scene in Annapolis, Maryland today as they work to figure out what sparked a gunman to opened fire in the newsroom of a community newspaper Thursday. Five people were killed and three others injured. 

38-year old Jarrod Ramos appeared via closed circuit TV in a Maryland court this morning, he’s charged with 5 counts of first degree murder. Ramos is accused of opening fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

Investigators say he entered building 888 carrying smoke bombs, flash grenades and a shotgun and headed straight for the newsroom. Journalists dove under their desks to take cover.

Keith Cyphers, a witness says, "this guy was holding what looked like a big shotgun and moving across the entrance of the Capital Gazette office, pointing the gun deeper into the office, like he was targeting people."

Police say Ramos targeted the Capital because of a long-standing feud.  

He sued the newspaper for defamation in 2012. The paper published a story about Ramos pleading guilty to harassing a woman he went to high school with. The case was later dismissed, with the judge saying Ramos "does not appear to have learned his lesson."

Today, the Gazette published its regular morning paper. Inside the opinion page was left blank to commemorate the victims. It says today we are speechless. The victims include:
– John McNamara, a sports reporter and the author of two books. He was working on a third about basketball.
– Features writer, Wendi Winters, mother of four. Her daughter says she believed in never acting or admitting her age.

A Go Fund Me page created by a fellow journalist already raised over $100,000 for funeral costs. Ramos is not cooperating with police. He had damaged his fingertips so authorities had to use face recognition technology to identify him.