Monday, 2 July 2018
Newspaper shooting suspect 'barricaded exit'
The suspect in the mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper office on Thursday barricaded an exit so that staff could not escape, says a prosecutor. Officials earlier told reporters the accused, Jarrod Ramos, was not co-operating with the investigation. Police found evidence at the suspect's house the attack on the Capital Gazette in Annapolis was planned.
Mr Ramos, 38, appeared in court via video link to be charged with five counts of first-degree murder. A judge ordered him held without bail during Friday's hearing at Anne Arundel County criminal court.
Wearing blue detention clothes, the suspect reportedly said nothing, but watched the proceedings attentively. Speaking at the White House on Friday, President Donald Trump expressed his condolences.
"This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief," he said.
"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job."