Jarrod Ramos, 38, has been identified by MSNBC as the suspect in The Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, MD. He had a specific tie to the paper.

Ramos killed five and wounded two others. They have been identified as Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, and John McNamara.

He sued the paper a few years ago for defamation and it was later overturned by an appellate court:

Jarrod Ramos of Laurel made the defamation claim in Prince George’s County Circuit Court in 2012 after a 2011 column by then-Capital staff writer Eric Hartley about Ramos’ guilty plea to criminal harassment.

Prince George’s Circuit Court Judge Maureen M. Lamasney dismissed Ramos’ claim in 2013, saying the article was based on public records and Ramos presented no evidence it was inaccurate.

Ramos, who represented himself, appealed the decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which upheld Lamasney’s ruling in an opinion filed Thursday. Source: Capital Gazette

Ramos talked about the defamation lawsuit on his now-defunct website, images via the Wayback Machine.

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