The shooter who murdered five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis has been identified as Jarrod Ramos, a 38-year-old Maryland resident who had a longstanding vendetta against the paper.
The facts contradict the irresponsible speculation of many liberal media figures, who immediately blamed President Trump for the shooting before the facts emerged.
Ramos was reportedly furious after the Capital Gazette published an article about him in 2011 that chronicled his guilty plea to criminal harassment of a former high school classmate, who pressed charges for stalking and threatening her.
Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the Gazette in 2012, which was dismissed in 2015. He had a personal vendetta against the newspaper since then, and repeatedly trashed and threatened the paper’s editors and reporters on social media through a fake Twitter account.
Ironically, Eric Hartley — the reporter who wrote the 2011 story about Ramos — left the newspaper years ago, but Ramos continued to target the paper.
The victims have been identified as assistant managing editor Rob Hiaasen, 59; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61; senior writer John McNamara, 56; community news reporter Wendi Winters, 64; and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34, the Capital Gazette reported.
Ramos reportedly mutilated his fingers before the shooting to conceal his identity, but police were able to identify him using facial recognition technology.
While the Annapolis massacre was tragic, almost as disturbing was the knee-jerk reaction of many liberal “journalists,” who immediately blamed President Trump for the senseless murders.
A motley crew of self-proclaimed “journalists” said Trump’s criticism of the repeated, debunked fake news stories about him incited Ramos. Never mind that Ramos’ personal vendetta against the Gazette was not politically motivated and had nothing to do with Trump.
Lauren Duca, a former writer for Teen Vogue, opportunistically used the massacre to trash President Trump.
The shooting today in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland cannot reasonably be separated from the President's mission to villainize the press as "the enemy of the American people."
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 28, 2018
As BizPac Review previously reported, in addition to her barrage of anti-Trump articles, Duca has written on the following hard-hitting journalistic topics:
- Ariana Grande Rocked the Most Epic Thigh-high Boots at Jingle Ball
- Kim Kardashian Wore a Lip Ring to Her Family Christmas Party
- This “Harry Potter” Eyeshadow Palette Is Truly Magical.
We do not know the suspect or motive for the mass shooting in an Annapolis newspaper office.
That said, the White House rhetoric labeling the press the "enemy of the people" is extremely dangerous, regardless of whether there turns out to be any tie to this incident.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) June 28, 2018
Donald Trump has spent all this time calling for violence against the media, and now someone has shot up a newspaper office in Annapolis. Yet our side is still being told that we’re the ones not being “civil” enough.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 28, 2018
For the record, TWO people (not 20) were injured, despite the fake-news tweet by Kaivan Shroff below, which he has still not deleted.
The White House is using our money to give Sarah Sanders undeserved protection when she and Trump have made every member of our press a walking target.
Now, over 20 have been injured and at least 4 have been shot dead by a mass shooter at a news outlet in #Annapolis.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) June 28, 2018
Reach of the century from this rabid Trump-hater who’s obsessed with POTUS and tweets about him around the clock:
The Annapolis shooting suspect is confirmed as Jarrod Warren Ramos. Six years ago he sued Capital Gazette and lost. But he didn't bother to shoot up the place until after Donald Trump started promoting violence and scapegoating journalists. This is precisely as ugly as we thought
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 29, 2018
For the record, Bill Palmer and his Palmer Report have been slammed by liberal media for its reckless rumor-mongering.
Business Insider described Bill Palmer as “a mysterious figure who is behind several shuttered publications and has made enemies online as he threatens and intimidates those who question his reporting.”
The Atlantic called the Palmer Report “the publication of record for anti-Trump conspiracy nuts who don’t care about the credibility of the record.”
Meanwhile, several responsible journalists tweeted that the incident had no connection to President Trump.
There doesn't appear to be a connection to Trump's rhetoric based on what's available online by the Capital Gazette shooting suspect. His bizarre feud with the paper goes back to at least 2011.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) June 29, 2018
The alleged shooter had a deranged, obsessive grudge with this particular newspaper dating back years. Condolences to everyone desperately disappointed to find that they can’t connect this to their favorite national political narrative. You’ll have to wait till the next shooting
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 29, 2018
Shooter with raging partisan activism tries pick off Republicans playing baseball?
Media: “Sick, lone wolf!”
Shooter tries to pick off journalists after a long-standing, personal, well- documented history of obsession and harassment?
Media: “Trump created this culture!”
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) June 29, 2018
To be clear:
The entire media blamed Trump and Trump supporters for the Annapolis shooting before it had even ended
Then facts came out that it had nothing to do with him
None of them apologized
And they wonder why they have no credibility anymore
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 29, 2018
Here’s some food for thought for the foaming-at-the-mouth gun control fanatics like ‘lil David Hogg.
— Liberal 'Logic' 🇺🇸 (@LiberalLogic123) June 27, 2018
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