"He would try to communicate with people but he was a loner", she said of Ramos, who sported long brown hair and a beard.
Jarrod W. Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in USA history. It is unclear if that victim is the same woman who warned the police official about Ramos.
"This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people". He reached out to her two years after graduation, but "Lori" said he became "obsessed" with her, and his messages quickly turned hostile and threatening, including suggesting she kill herself.
"This is the singularly, obviously the worst case of harassment and stalking I have ever encountered", the woman's lawyer, Brennan McCarthy, told CNN on Friday.
"He was communicating by telephone, by text, by Facebook, by instant messaging, and he was just saying outrageous things like, 'you should kill yourself, '" McCarthy said. "He wrote a letter to her [employer] stating that they should fire her because she's a 'bipolar drunkard.' He did awful things to this woman". A Bureau of Labor Statistics employee with a computer engineering degree and no criminal record, he was put on supervised probation for 18 months and ordered to stay away from the woman. In 2013, Ramos contacted the woman he had been found guilty of stalking.
Ramos had previously sued the newspaper for defamation in 2012.
"I would be afraid that he could show up anywhere at any time and kill me", she said. Authorities responded to the scene within a minute of the shooting, and Ramos was arrested while also hiding under a desk with the shotgun on the floor nearby, police said. "You're going to need a protective order", she recalled. "Like he's at war".
Court records show a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper was sacked from a government IT contractor because of concerns about his "suitability".
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"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hearing the gunman reload", Mr Davis wrote.
A Twitter account in Ramos's name directed abuse at the newspaper and the local judiciary. He barricaded the rear exit of the building to prevent people from escaping, the Anne Arundel County state's attorney says.
Ramos carried a shotgun and hand-grenades. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. Trump did not condemn that attack at the time. His loathing of the press may not have been just fixed on the Capital.
In his written court filings, Ramos frequently used overwrought language. She said Winters had four children: daughters Winter, Summer and Montana, and a son, Phoenix, all named for the season or place linked to their birth.
"I don't think she had a choice". She said Saturday that the tragedy "feels so personal".
"This guy was the most unsafe person I've ever dealt with in the court system", McCarthy said. The Capital was in the same boat.
First responders turned the site over to investigators, who remained on the site Friday as well as an apartment complex where the gunman lived in Laurel, Maryland, searching for clues to his motives. He said she already was grappling with consequences of gun violence, because a friend of hers who had moved to Florida had attended Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people died in a shooting in February. Despite Ramos being in custody, she remains terrified. "It is never really over", McCarthy said.