At least 5 dead and multiple injured in Annapolis, MD shooting
Five people were killed and others “gravely” injured in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday, authorities confirmed.
“We do have fatalities and we do have serious injuries,” acting Anne Arundel County Police Chief William Krampf said at a press conference.
Lt. Ryan Frashure said a gunman opened fire at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis — an office building where the newspaper’s office is located.
Frashure said a suspect was in custody. The suspect was not identified, but a U.S. official said he is a white male who is not cooperating with investigators, the Associated Press reports. The suspect is believed to have carried a shotgun, according to the AP. Frashure said officers arrived in the midst of the shooting and engaged the suspected gunman and apprehended him.
Gazette crime reporter Phil Davis tweeted an account of the shooting, saying: “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”
Davis also told the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital Gazette, that multiple people had been shot.
“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” he told the Sun. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”
Police said the building has been evacuated as officers continue to search inside. Officers have set a relocation point inside the Lord and Taylor department store in a nearby mall.
President Donald Trump tweeted, “Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted, “Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis” – adding “Praying for those at the scene and for our community.”
The Sun reported that the Baltimore Police Department did a sweep of the Sun newsroom, which is about 26 miles away, following the report of the shooting in Annapolis.
The LAPD said it was “reaching out” to media organizations and monitoring the shooting.
The NYPD has deployed critical response units to several major newsrooms throughout New York City as a precaution. The NYPD’s Counter Terrorism unit tweeted, “We are closely monitoring the reports of an active shooter incident at the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland.”