ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Police say the shooting at a Maryland newspaper was a “targeted attack on The Capital Gazette.”
Bill Krampf is the acting police chief for Anne Arundel County. In a news conference Thursday, he said a white male in his late 30s has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
CNN reported the suspect was identified as Jarrod Warren Ramos, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Police are outside an address connected to Ramos in Laurel, Maryland.
Ramos has a connection to the paper, the sources said. He filed a defamation claim in 2012 against the paper but the case was dismissed.
The Capital Gazette had been threatened on social media as recently as Thursday, Krampf said. He said authorities are trying to confirm what account the threats came from and who sent them.
He said the threats “indicated violence.”
Krampf says five people were killed and two injured in the attack. He described the two injuries as superficial.
A U.S. official says the suspect was identified using facial recognition technology.
The official said the man was identified with the technology after he had damaged his fingerprints in what investigators believe was an attempt to prevent them from quickly identifying him.
The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.