Suspect in newsroom shooting had past court battle with paper, documents show

Authorities identified Maryland shooting suspect using facial recognition software

First-degree murder charges were filed Friday against a man with a grudge against Maryland's capital newspaper after police said he shot his way into the newsroom, killing four journalists and a staffer and wounding two others.

Altomare disclosed Friday that a detective investigated those concerns, holding a conference call with an attorney for the publishing company, a former correspondent and the paper's publisher.

Two law enforcement sources said Ramos' fingerprints appear to have been altered, making it hard to identify him that way.

President Donald Trump has offered a statement of support for journalists after a gunman fatally shot five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

Ramos took to Twitter, where he routinely harassed journalists from the newspaper in scores of profanity laced tweets. Ramos appealed at least two of the three peace orders filed against him. "This has always been true around the world and the U.S.is sadly no exception", said Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. "We don't know why". "They serve each day to shine light on the world around us so that we might see with more clarity and greater understanding".

On Thursday afternoon, authorities were questioning Ramos but were unaware of the motive behind the shooting.

The attack began with a shotgun blast that shattered the glass entrance of the open newsroom.

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Police said two others had minor injuries, and the newspaper later reported both were employees later released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He said the gunman had an escape plan, too, but would not elaborate.

Journalists crawled under desks and sought other hiding places as he moved about the newswroom, describing agonizing minutes of terror as they heard the gunman's footsteps and the repeated blasts of the shotgun.

"In that moment I thought I was going to die, I thought we were going to die", Mr. Messenger said. He heard another co-worker's voice, then another shot. She also described herself as a "Dog Mom".

The shooter had no identification when he was apprehended, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation found no information about him immediately in the system, a law enforcement source said. The source cautioned that this information is preliminary, and the investigation is just beginning.

William Krampf, acting police chief of Anne Arundel County, said Thursday night that threats had been made to the newspaper on social media before the shooting, but it was not clear if Ramos had made them. POLICE HAD TROUBLE IDENTIFYING RAMOSAuthorities said he was not carrying identification at the time of his arrest and was not cooperating. Police have identified the five people killed in the shooting as the paper's assistant managing editor Rob Hiaasen; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; features reporter Wendi Winters; reporter John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

In a Facebook post, best-selling author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" to confirm the death of his brother, Rob Hiaasen, affectionately known as "Big Rob" because he towered over people.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland announced that the city's houses of worship had planned a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Friday at a mall across the street from the shooting site.

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