USA: attack against newspaper was motivated by “revenge”

USA: attack against newspaper was motivated by “revenge”


The Police gave details of the armed attack against the Capital Gazette, which left five dead and two injured in Maryland.

USA Maryland - Schießerei in einer Zeitungsredaktion in Annapolis - Mehrere Tote (picture-alliance / AP Photo / JL Magana)

In a press conference held on Thursday (28.06.2018), Lieutenant Ryan Frashure, spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Police, explained that the attack on the Capital Gazette newspaper, the head newspaper of the capital of Maryland, was motivated for the “revenge.” Five people died in the action , confirmed the authorities, who continue to interrogate the only person arrested for the attack.

“This guy was looking for some kind of revenge against the newspaper,” said Frashure, who explained that the alleged author of the shooting had made threats through social networks. Although the police did not identify the detainee, the US press claims that it is Jarrod Ramos, a 38-year-old man who was hiding under a table at the scene when he was caught.

Although the authorities did not detail the reason for the “revenge”, various media claimed that Ramos lost in 2015 a defamation lawsuit he had filed against the newspaper for a 2011 article in which the Capital Gazette identified him as a stalker of women in the social networks citing judicial documents.

Trump reaction

According to police reports, the attacker entered the Capital Gazette building at around 2.30 pm local time (18.30 GMT) and opened fire through a glass door to enter and then blasts in the newsroom, killing five people and leaving wounds to two others. The fatalities were identified as Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, four journalists and a sales agent.

Police chief William Krampf said it was a “premeditated attack” on the newspaper. “This person was prepared to shoot others. His intention was to cause damage, “he specified. At the moment of being arrested, the attacker was not close to his gun, and the witnesses do not know why he stopped firing. Through Twitter, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, reacted by pointing out that his “thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

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