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WATCH LIVE: Police respond to active shooter at newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland



Police have one suspect in custody after five people were killed and others “gravely” injured in a shooting at the office of an Annapolis newspaper organization, Capital Gazette.

Anne Arundel County spokesperson Steven Schuh said the shooter was in custody Thursday afternoon. The suspect is currently being questioned, but police said they don’t know his name.

The suspect was described as a white male, and isn’t cooperating with officers.

Police said he had a “long gun,” other media reports said the shooter had a shotgun.

Maryland police officers patrol the area after multiple people were shot at at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

In this frame from video, people leave the Capital Gazette newspaper after multiple people have been shot on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. (WJLA via AP)

In this frame from video, people leave the Capital Gazette newspaper after multiple people have been shot on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. (WJLA via AP)

Police officers talk to a man as they respond to an active shooter inside a city building in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018.

Police officers respond to an active shooter inside a city building in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Greg Savoy

Police say they are not looking for other suspects, and said the building was “clear” from a tactical standpoint.

Acting police chief Bill Krampf told reporters they did find “what we thought was an explosive device” in the building, and the bomb squad was on scene.

While police didn’t confirm the exact location of the shooting within the building, The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Gazette, reported that multiple people were shot at the newspaper’s office.

The editor of Capital Gazette News said he was “devastated and heartbroken” and said his reporters give all they have every day.

Devastated & heartbroken. Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews. I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our communty.

— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018

One person was transported to University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, officials said, but they didn’t clarify if there were more injured.

WATCH: Police confirm at least 5 dead, several others injured in shooting at Annapolis newspaper office

“The city sends its love and thoughts to all the families affected by this horrible event,” Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley said at a press conference.

He also thanked first responders on scene. Officials said police were on scene within minutes of receiving the first call at 2:35 p.m. local time.

“They went immediately into that building without hesitation,” Schuh said, noting the bravery of the officers.

Maryland Governor Larry Horgan commended the “brave people who came in and stopped [the situation] from getting worse.”

Anne Arundel County police spokesperson Lt. Ryan Frashure said that officers were focused on getting people out safe. There were about 170 people in the building at the time.

#Annapolis Incident on Bestgate Rd is outside the @CityofAnnapolis, @AACOPD is agency in charge

— Annapolis Police (@AnnapolisPD) June 28, 2018

Video from the scene showed people leaving the building with their hands up.

A massive police presence was seen in the area.

Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us

— Anthony Messenger (@amesscapgaz) June 28, 2018

Massive police response to shooting in my newsroom in Annapolis. @capgaznews pic.twitter.com/M1Bjwa0mMh

— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 28, 2018

Gazette reporter Phil Davis shared his experience on Twitter as he waited to be interviewed by police about the incident,

“A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,” Davis wrote on Twitter.


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He said the suspect shot through the glass door and fired at his co-workers.

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk, and then hear the gunman reload.”

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Davis said he and others were hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing for an unknown reason. That’s when police arrived and surrounded the shooter.

“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.”

There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload

— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018

Police are present at other newspaper offices in Maryland after the incident.

According to a Twitter post from a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, police entered the office for a “precautionary sweep” around 3 p.m. local time.

The New York Police Department also told reporters they were deploying officers to major newsrooms out of caution following the shooting.

NYPD spokesman confirms that officers are being deployed to the headquarters of major media organizations in New York City, following the shooting in Maryland.

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) June 28, 2018

BPD at @baltimoresun for precautionary sweep in light of Capital-Gazette incident pic.twitter.com/ZduDQAcoDS

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) June 28, 2018

The Capital Gazette’s office is located on Bestgate Road, just outside Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. As such, the Anne Arundel County police are in charge of the investigation.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan offered his prayers to those affected by the shooting on Twitter.

“Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis,” he wrote. “Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, according to a White House spokesperson. He also wrote about the shooting on Twitter.

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.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018

Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis. I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and @MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD. Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community. https://t.co/bI6PdUjHfh

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 28, 2018

Former Congressperson Gabby Giffords — who was injured during a shooting while she was in office — offered a statement on the shooting.

“Reporters shouldn’t have to hide from gunfire while doing their jobs. A summer intern in the newsroom shouldn’t have to tweet for help. We shouldn’t have to live in a country where our lawmakers refuse to take any action to address this uniquely American crisis that’s causing so much horror and heartbreak on what feels like a daily basis,” she wrote in a press release.

“This is not normal. Since the year began, there’ve been 179 days and already 154 mass shootings. Every day, more than 90 people are killed by a gun, from classrooms to newsrooms and neighborhoods across the country. We are facing a problem and we have to do something about it.”

The Society of Professional Journalists said they were deeply saddened by the shooting.

“SPJ is deeply saddened by the reports from Annapolis, Maryland, that a shooter entered the Annapolis Capital Gazette building and shot several people,” SPJ national president Rebecca Baker wrote in a release.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their family, friends and colleagues. We are ready to help in any way we can.”

— With a file from The Associated Press

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