POLICE say the gunman who opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, killing five, barricaded the door to stop people from getting out and was bent on killing “as many people as he could kill.”
The mass shooting sent shockwaves through the journalism community and left investigators searching for answers.
Jarrod Ramos allegedly walked into the newspaper office at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis with a shotgun and fatally shot four journalists and a sales assistant Thursday afternoon.
Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams said Ramos had barricaded the back door.
“There was one victim that had attempted to escape through the back door and was shot,” he said.
The alleged shooter tried to hide under a desk until police quickly responded and took him into custody.
The suspect’s shotgun was legally purchased about one year ago, police said.
Ramos has not cooperated with authorities, police said, but evidence at his home indicated planning.