The woman at the center of the alleged Capital Gazette shooter’s 2011 harassment trial, which was reported on by the newspaper, called the authorities as soon as she heard the news of Thursday’s shooting in Maryland, she said on Monday.
“As soon as they said it happened at The Capital newspaper and they couldn’t identify their suspect, I picked up the phone and said, ‘I know who your suspect is,'” the woman, who is identified as Lori, told NBC’s “Today.” “I knew if he was to do anything on a mass shooting level, it was going to target The Capital.”
Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38, is charged with murdering five people in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis. (RELATED: Maryland Shooter Tweeted About Carnage At Paper’s Address In 2014, Tagging Police Chief)
Ramos unsuccessfully sued the newspaper for defamation in 2012 after it published a 2011 column called “Jarrod wants to be your friend.” The article chronicled the woman’s experience being cyberstalked by Ramos, reported The Independent.
Ramos pleaded guilty to criminal harassment in July 2011 after first contacting the woman in 2009 and sending her emails suggesting that she kill herself, reported NBC. Ramos’ jail sentence was waived, and he received 18 months of supervised probation.
The woman moved out of the state because she was so afraid of Ramos, reported The Independent.
“I know he can’t come and get me today, but I have been tormented and traumatized and terrorized for so long that it has, I think, changed the fiber of my being,” she told NBC.
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