Source: Anne Arundel Police Department

Jarrod Ramos, the 38-year-old suspected of killing five employees of the Capital Gazette last week, has been formally charged with a separate charge of first degree murder for each of his victims.

Ramos’ alleged motive for the gruesome attack, stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the suspect against the Capital Gazette for defamation. Ramos attempted to sue the paper for defamation following an column titled, “Jarrod Wants to be Your Friend”. The article described the experience of an unnamed woman who was allegedly stalked and harassed by Ramos for nearly two years. 

This was after Ramos pleaded guilty in 2011 to charges of harassment and sentenced to 90 days in jail. This sentence was later suspended for 18-months probation.

According to Anne Arundel County officials, “This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette.” Evidence and official statements thus far seem to corroborate this statement.

Source: Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Source: Susan Walsh/Associated Press

The shooting took place in Annapolis, MD – home to both the United States Naval Academy, and some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. Despite this,democratic lawmakers are already rushing to capitalize on this tragedy by calling for stricter gun laws.

President Trump meanwhile kept the issue apolitical, tweeting, “Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”

One survivor of the attack, reportedly responded, “I couldn’t give a f**k about your prayers.”

Source: Jarrod Ramos/Facebook.com

Source: Jarrod Ramos/Facebook.com

While I don’t agree with the crassness of the sentiment, I will acquiesce that thoughts and prayers aren’t enough to solve the issue

Read more from our friends at Firearms News