US shooter fought Capital Gazette in court for justice

Police arrests Maryland shooting suspect Warren Ramos

The 38-year-old man, who bled the Capital city of Maryland, Annapolis, had a long-running feud with Capital Gazette. He has been identified by the police as one Jarrod Warren Ramos, a resident of Laurel, Maryland.

p< He had, prior to a mindless killing of five staffers of the news paper, had taken legal steps against it. He had also sought justice against a perceived injustice meted out to him by Capital Gazette on social network.

Almost a year earlier, Thomas Hartley, a former columnist for The Capital, the group’s flagship paper, wrote a column describing the suspect’s interactions with an unnamed woman Ramos contacted over Facebook, court documents showed. Hartley said Ramos had sent her numerous emails in which he called her vulgar names and told her to kill herself.

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

Ramos had pled guilty to criminal harassment five days before Hartley published his column, records showed. He claimed in court documents that his perspective was not fairly represented. His lawsuit was dismissed in 2013, and an appellate court upheld the dismissal in 2015.

Most probably, police felt. that the suspect tried to get justice by brute force as he had purportedly failed to get it from a court of law.

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