38-year-old Jarrod Ramos is the man responsible for shooting through the door of the Capital Gazette newsroom and gunning down five innocent employees, injuring two more. Ramos now faces five counts of first-degree murder for the ruthless attack which resulted in the death of assistant editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, special publications editor Wendi Winters, writer John McNamara, editorial page editor Gerald Fischman and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.
Ramos had a long-standing history with the Capital Gazette, which included an unsuccessful defamation lawsuit nearly five years ago, and he also had a history of harassing and being abusive towards women.
Now, we are getting even more details about his life, upbringing, and family.
Jarrod Ramos’ Family & Background
Ramos’ father, Miguel Ramos, used to work for the NSA, according to his Facebook profile. He studied at the Data Processing Institute and also worked for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Miguel Ramos would regularly post about his son, including birthday wishes on Dec. 21.
On Jarrod’s 38th birthday, Miguel posted a series of photos with himself holding his son alongside another woman, though it is not known whether the woman was his wife or Ramos’ step-mother.
Rest in peace. His father has a facebook, btw. Miguel Ramos. pic.twitter.com/zBzZKRnH1c
— Nikki Baeley 🍥 (@NikkiBAEley) June 29, 2018
Ramos’ father was an avid traveler, often posting photos from Puerto Rico, London, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and other locations. There is no confirmation on Jarrod Ramos’ ethnicity. However, he was listed in previous police reports as a white, non-Hispanic male.
White – Non Hispanic Male pic.twitter.com/KbpFG7xezr
— Jane Hudson ✌️☮️🕊️🌊 (@Janiemart) June 29, 2018
Ramos’ grandfather, uncles, cousins, and many other family members were members of the military, according to Heavy.com which sites additional information from Miguel Ramos’ Facebook account.
Ramos was identified as the suspected shooter in the incident which reportedly left at least five people dead and several more “gravely injured” in Annapolis, Maryland. NBC News and CBS News were among the first to confirm his identity. Police responded to an active shooter situation at the Capital Gazette News building. The incident took place outside of the Capital Gazette newsroom. According to FOX 46, “Anne Arundel County police said the shots fired report came in at about 2:35 p.m. in the 800 block of Bestgate Road near the Westfield Annapolis Mall.”
The Capital Gazette had received threats on social media earlier in the day, according to law enforcement officials. Shortly after police responded to the active shooter situation, reports surfaced that Ramos was apprehended and taken into custody. He was initially uncooperative, but authorities were able to identify the suspect in a matter of hours.