The man who killed five Capital Gazette employees three years ago was found criminally responsible for the attack by a jury Thursday. The jury determined that Jarrod Ramos, 41, was sane during the shooting and therefore culpable for his crimes.
Six people survived the attack that left Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters dead. At sentencing, prosecutors are likely to seek five life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Here’s what notable figures are saying following the verdict:
District 4 Rep. Anthony Brown: “This decision to hold the gunman who attacked the Capital Gazette accountable for his crimes brings us closer to a resolution for the victims’ families, their colleagues, and our communities We honor the memories of those we lost, pray for those still grieving, and urge justice.”
Majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer: “Justice is one step closer to being served, and I hope the jury’s decision in the Capital Gazette trial brings the families of John, Rob, Wendi, Rebecca, and Gerald some relief. My thoughts continue to be with the entire Capital Gazette newsroom, their friends, and families.”
Andrea Chamblee, the widow of John McNamara: “I think when people talk about the five victims of this violent crime, you can look around and see there’s a lot more than five. It ripples all over the county, the state and the country. There are a lot of people who couldn’t be here today because they have to choke on their own words when they talk about this horrific crime. We thank the jury for their service. For listening to the dizzying testimony, reviewing the horrific videos, for looking at the monstrous pictures.”
Rachael Pacella, shooting survivor: “One thing that I’ve noticed in experiencing this trial over the last two to three weeks is the same thing I noticed right after the shootings, which is the strength of the community that is around us here and their willingness to support us … and I also would like to just recognize my editor who left the paper recently, Rick Hutzell, who saw us through the last pretty much three years of professional hell. And I’d also like to thank my current editor at Capital Gazette, Brandi Bottalico, who is now pretty much on her own in putting that paper out and she is incredible.”
Cindy Rittenour, Rebecca Smith’s sister: “When I got in there and I heard everything that happened, it was just a huge sigh of relief. You could hear throughout the courtroom, but you could also feel it, physically, to know how I can finally let my sister start to rest in peace.”