Journalist Rob Hiaasen killed in attack on Maryland paper

Journalist Rob Hiaasen killed in attack on Maryland paper

The lawsuit named Hartley, its then editor-publisher Thomas Marquardt, and Capital-Gazette Communications, then the parent company of the paper.

"I don't know what else to do except this", he said. "I even told my wife, "We have to be concerned".

According to a Reuters report, 38-year-old Ramos had a long-running legal battle with the Capital Gazette.

Ramos had pled guilty to criminal harassment five days before the newspaper published the column. Feeling that he might be experiencing some problems, the woman had encouraged him to seek counseling.

The shooting revived memories of a 2015 incident in Roanoke, Virginia in which two journalists were shot dead during a live broadcast on local television.

Five people killed include the assistant Editor of the newspaper Robebert Hiassen.

A gas station employee near the shooting scene described a flood of police activity in the area as he sat tight inside his still-open workplace.

Journalists at the Capital Gazette covered the mass shooting that unfolded in their office - and continued working to put out a Friday paper.

NBC News reported Ramos had a history with the paper, filing a defamation suit against it in 2012.

He called police about Ramos in 2013 and considered filing a restraining order against him.

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However, the case was dismissed and the judge said Ramos "does not appear to have learned his lesson".

Fischman recently won two awards from the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association for editorials about a council member accused of censoring public comments at city meetings and the case of a teenager who was accused of hanging a noose outside a middle school. WHAT HAPPENED THURSDAYInvestigators said the suspect, armed with a shotgun, entered the Capital Gazette office and deployed smoke grenades.

The newspaper's office is guarded only by a glass front door.

The shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper prompted a massive police response, with employees evacuated from the building with hands raised above their heads.

A spokeswoman for the city of Annapolis, Maryland, says one suspect is in custody after a shooting at the building housing the Capital Gazette newspaper.

Anne Arundel County police officials said at a press conference Thursday night that he "had some sort of vendetta" against the local paper - and was making threats "indicating violence" on social media, though it's unclear why.

When police found the suspect, his weapon was on the ground and "not in his immediate proximity", Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel county executive, told cable news station CNN.

Officers swiftly responded and arrested him without firing a shot, police said. Authorities resorted to using facial recognition software and comparing his face to databases of passports and driver's license photos. The suspect had previously only been publicly described as a white male in his late 30s who is a Maryland resident.

Court documents revealed that Ramos was terminated in July 2014 by his employer, Enterprise Information Services, where he worked as a help desk specialist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC.

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