Capital Gazette shooter indicted on 23 counts

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel was indicted by an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury on 23 counts related to the June 28, 2018 shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Counts 1-5 of the indictment charge Ramos with the first degree murder of Wendi Winters, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, and Rebecca Ann Smith.

Count 6 of the indictment charges Ramos with the attempted first degree murder of Paul W. Gillespie.

Counts 7-12 of the indictment charge Ramos with the first degree assault of Paul W. Gillespie, Selene San-Felice, Phillip Davis, Janel Cooley, Anthony Messenger, and Rachael Pacella.

Counts 13-23 of the indictment charge Ramos with the use of a firearm in commission of a crime of violence against Wendi Winters, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith, Paul W. Gillespie, Selene San-Felice, Phillip Davis, Janel Cooley, Anthony Messenger, and Rachael Pacella.

The case will be prosecuted by State’s Attorney Wes Adams, and Assistant State’s Attorneys Jason Knight and Aaron L. Meyers.

Ramos was arrested shortly after the shooting spree when responding officers found him hiding under a desk, according to police. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to court records.

A portrait has emerged of Ramos as an unhinged loner consumed by a years-long vendetta against the newspaper, a man whose history of menacing behavior ended with him, in the words of a prosecutor, “systematically hunting and killing” staffers in the Annapolis newsroom.