A police report into the Capital Gazette Maryland shootings has revealed that authorities did not consider shooter Jarrod Ramos to be a threat.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department candidly admitted they were caught off guard by the incident that resulted in five journalists being shot to death with seven others injured.
These conclusions were made after police contacted the newspaper following several social media threats made by crazed Ramos.
The shock report was released by, Lieutenant Ryan Frashure, following a press conference into the shootings.
It states: During the conference I indicated that I did not believe that Mr Ramos was a threat to employees for the Capital. This was based on the contact they have had with him, as only on twitter and civil court filings. He has not attempted to enter the Capital Newspaper or sent direct threatening correspondence. The twitter account is his and people must seek it out to obtain comment.
As the investigation into the tragic shootings continues it was also revealed that police had forwarded a photo of Ramos to the newspaper to help them devise a security plan that was never enforced.
Amazingly, anyone could simply walk into the newsroom and executives at Capital did not want “to put a stick in a beehive” by pressing charges against Ramos.
The failures resemble the Sandy Hook case where Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children and 6 adults back in 2012.
Jarrod Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, during a hearing at the Anne Arundel District Court, earlier today.
It was revealed Ramos had a long held grudge against the paper after they wrote about him harassing a former high school classmate.
The shooter carried out a coordinated attack on the publication barricading a back door before blasting his victims with a shotgun.
He had unsuccessfully sued the newspaper and one of its former reporters back in 2013 for defamation.
The five victims were: Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara.
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