Suspect in Maryland shooting blocked exit during killing spree, official says
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A prosecutor says the shooter who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper barricaded the exit door so employees couldn’t escape.
Wes Adams said Friday that there were two entrances to the Capital Gazette office. He says suspect Jarrod W. Ramos entered through the front door and “worked his way through the office.”
Adams also says one victim who attempted to escape through the back door was shot.
Judge Thomas Pryal ordered Ramos to remain detained during a court hearing Friday.
Pryal found a likelihood that the 38-year-old Ramos is a danger. Ramos was represented by public defender William Davis.
Ramos appeared in an Annapolis courtroom via video feed. He appeared to watch attentively during the hearing but never spoke. He was dressed in blue detention clothing.
He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the killings inside Maryland’s Capital Gazette office on Thursday.
Police Chief Timothy Altomare said at a news conference Friday that the Capital Gazette didn’t press charges over social media threats the shooting suspect had made against the newspaper in 2013.