Wife of Capital Gazette victim remembers his dedication to journalism

5 killed in Maryland newspaper shooting

5 killed in Maryland newspaper shooting

The following account of the attack is based on information from witnesses and police.

"I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence", he said.

"I was curled up, trying not to breathe, trying not to make a sound, and he shot people all around me", photographer Paul Gillespie, who dove beneath a desk, told The Baltimore Sun, owner of the Annapolis paper. "He wrote a letter to her [employer] stating that they should fire her because she's a 'bipolar drunkard.' He did awful things to this woman".

Ramos, 38, who filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper in 2012 for an article about him pleading guilty to harassing a woman - had been firing off threatening tweets aimed at the Gazette and its journalists.

When asked why the department did not insist on pursuing criminal charges at the time, Altomare said it was the investigator's call and he would not question it in hindsight. Feeling that he might be experiencing some problems, the woman had encouraged him to seek counseling. "She was a force to be reckoned with", he said.

A detective concluded he was no threat, and the paper didn't want to press charges for fear of "putting a stick in a beehive". "We believe in reporting the news". It noted that Hiaasen was the brother of Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald columnist and best-selling author. One positive idea has come out of Twitter, where some users are asking followers to keep the legacy of journalism alive by subscribing to, or at least buying a copy of, their local paper.

All five names of the victims are then written out below, followed by the statement that "this Capital page will return to its steady objective of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them" tomorrow. McCarthy described Ramos as "incredibly angry".

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During Ramos' 2013 appeal, the appellate court judge in that case appeared to rebuke Ramos, who was representing himself in the matter: "A lawyer would nearly certainly have told him not to proceed with this case". According to court documents, it described a "yearlong nightmare" in which a woman said Ramos harassed her after contacting her on Facebook.

Ramos filed a lawsuit, which was later thrown out, against McCarthy in 2014. That case was dismissed when Ramos failed to show up for court two years later.

He also repeatedly referred to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, where al-Qaeda-affiliated gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 others at the offices of the French satirical newspaper. It wasn't clear whom the cases involved or what the ultimate outcomes were.

Ramos is accused of shooting through the glass door to the Capital Gazette offices with a pump-action shotgun and opening fire in the newsroom.

The killing of 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school in February helped reinvigorate the national debate on gun control in a country where firearms are responsible for more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually.

Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County said the gunman "looked for his victims".

Staff at the Capital Gazette newspaper Annapolis, Md., wrote a letter on Sunday thanking those who offered support to them in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at the newsroom this week.

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