Newspaper Shooting Suspect's Ire Started With Classmate - Page 2

Police say they found Jarrod Ramos hiding under a desk
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2018 7:19 AM CDT

  • Altomare says Ramos was found hiding under a desk and did not shoot at police. "I think fight or flight kicks in," Altomare said regarding Ramos, per NPR. "I don't know why, but flight won."
  • The AP reports on a 2013 police report that gives more context to Ramos' beef with the paper. He was investigated five years ago after making a slew of threatening tweets about Gazette staffers; in them he "makes mention of blood in the water, journalist hell, hit man, open season, glad there won't be murderous rampage, murder career."
  • "The one (post) that tipped us over the edge was one that suggested I should die, I would be better off dead," retired publisher Tom Marquardt tells USA Today. He says all employees were shown a photo of Ramos so they would be familiar with him.
  • A detective determined Ramos did not pose a threat, in part as he had not tried to enter the building or made any direct contact. The paper chose not to press charges so as not to "[put] a stick in a beehive." In 2015 Ramos tweeted that he'd like to see the Gazette stop publishing, but seeing two of its journalists "cease breathing" would be even better. Then he essentially went silent, Marquardt says, leading the paper "to believe that he had moved on."

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