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Official: Capital Gazette Gunman ID'd Using Facial Recognition

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ/AP) — A U.S. official says the suspect in the shooting at a Maryland newspaper was identified using facial recognition technology.

The official said the man, Jarrod W. Ramos, 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.

RELATED: 5 Dead, Others Injured In Shooting At Capital Gazette In Annapolis

Police say five people died in Thursday's shooting at the building housing The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

The victims have all been identified as Capital Gazette employees: editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, editor/reporter John McNamara, sales assistant Rebecca Smith and community correspondent Wendi Winters.

Police said the suspect was found with fake grenades and was carrying smoke bombs or flashbangs in his backpack. Police said he used a "long-gun" shotgun in the shooting.

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