Deadly Shooting Reported At Capital Gazette Newsroom In Maryland

Jun 29, 2018, 16:32
Deadly Shooting Reported At Capital Gazette Newsroom In Maryland

"We've had a awful shooting incident this afternoon", said Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Renee Mutchnik, a spokeswoman for the Sun, said "we believe there are some injuries" but she did not immediately know how many.

The man appears to have damaged his fingertips to try to avoid detection and was refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, Baltimore TV station WJZ and other local media reported. Frashure said officers are still clearing the building and must look for other dangers, such as bombs and other shooters.

Police officers walk at the scene after five people were shot dead inside the newspaper office.

He and Schuh praised local law enforcement for their quick response, which they said prevented further bloodshed. There were threats made to the organisation on social media, confirmed the police official. The Capital Gazette runs several newspapers out of its Annapolis office, and The Capital is the daily newspaper.

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"That person is at criminal investigations unit down in Crownsville [Md.]", Frashure said.

Following first reports of a shooting around 2:40 p.m., police cars were seen swarming the scene while people were seen streaming out of the building with their hands up.

Krampf said officials discovered what they thought was an explosive device in the building, which has been "taken care of".

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement saying he was "absolutely devastated" at the tragedy.

Davis hid under his desk throughout the attack but could hear the shooter reloading and continuing fire on the newsroom. In a number of tweets, Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis was reporting breaking news on Twitter of an attack in his own office.

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A police spokesman said an adult white male in his late 30s who had been armed with a "long gun" ― a type of shotgun or rifle ― was taken into custody. "Thank you to all of the First Responders who are now on the scene", he wrote.

Anne Arundel County Acting Chief William Krampf said that the gunman's intention was to cause harm and it was "targeted shooting".

The New York Police Department said it was beefing up security at New York-based news organisations as a precaution.

"This is a newspaper we live with every day", Susan O'Brien, a spokesperson for the city of Annapolis said.

Agents from the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident, the bureau tweeted.

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In a subsequent interview with the Baltimore Sun, Davis said the scene was "like a war zone" and said the reporters remained under their desks after the gunfire stopped.