What we know about Jarrod Ramos, the man charged in the Capital Gazette shooting

Jarrod W. Ramos, a 38-year-old Laurel man, was charged with killing five people and injuring two more at the Capital Gazette office in Annapolis on Thursday.

Here's what we know about him:

» Ramos was charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the Capital Gazette shooting. His attack on the paper was targeted, according to Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf.

» Ramos was ordered held without bail Friday. Anne Arundel's top public defender, William Davis, represented Ramos at the bail hearing.

» According to “self-reported” details read at Ramos’ bail review hearing Friday, he has lived in Maryland most of his life, and for the last 17 years has resided at an apartment in Laurel. Ramos is single with no children.

» Ramos graduated in 1997 from Arundel High School in Gambrills. A classmate shared a copy of the class yearbook with an inscription signed “Jarrod.” “You know it and I know it — this class, this school, this whole damn place is full of s---,” it read. “Anyways, only a few more hours till it’s out of our lives forever. I hope life gets better once we’re gone. I’m sure it will.”

» Ramos played chess competitively from 1999 until 2003, according to the U.S. Chess Federation. In 2003 he finished third in his division at the Maryland Open.

» Ramos graduated in 2006 from Capitol College — which is now called Capitol Technology University — with a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering. Ramos attended from fall of 1997 through the summer semester of 2006, according to Robert Herschbach, a university spokesman. Herschbach said he did not have any information about possible interruptions in Ramos’ education.

» Ramos had a feud with the Capital Gazette that stretched back at least six years. A July 2011 article covered a criminal harassment charge against him, and in 2012, he filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and a columnist over the story. He brought the suit against then-columnist Eric Hartley, Capital Gazette Communications and Thomas Marquardt, the paper’s former editor and publisher. The Circuit Court for Prince George's County ultimately dismissed the case.

» Ramos railed against the Capital Gazette on social media. A Twitter page in Ramos’ name on Thursday featured Hartley’s picture as its avatar, and a banner image included photographs of Marquardt and Philip Merrill, the Capital’s previous owner. The account regularly commented on Anne Arundel County news and referred to a 2015 deadly shooting at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It had been dormant since January 2016 until 2:37 p.m. Thursday — moments before the shooting — when the account posted a message that read: “F--- you, leave me alone.” The page had been suspended as of Friday morning.

» Ramos was convicted of harassing a woman who successfully placed three restraining orders against him. He pleaded guilty to harassment, receiving a 90-day suspended sentence with 18 months probation. He was required to be evaluated and attend counseling for psychiatric or psychological treatment and to stay away from the woman and her family.

» At some point in 2017, Ramos legally bought the pump-action shotgun he’s accused of using in the killings. Neither the threats nor the harassment conviction were a barrier to purchasing the weapon.

» On the day of the shootings, police say, he sent letters to three people who had been involved in his defamation lawsuit. A packet received Monday included a letter addressed to Judge Charles E. Moylan Jr., who dismissed Ramos’ appeal. “Welcome, Mr. Moylan, to your unexpected legacy: YOU should have died,” the writer says. “Friends forever, Jarrod W. Ramos.”

Baltimore Sun reporters Ian Duncan, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Pamela Wood contributed to this story.

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