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Annapolis newsroom shooting sparks lawmakers’ calls to ‘end the violence’

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County Sheriff Ron Bateman says one suspect is in custody following incident at Capital Gazette in Maryland.

County Sheriff Ron Bateman says one suspect is in custody following incident at Capital Gazette in Maryland.

As reports of a shooting outside the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, unfolded Thursday afternoon, lawmakers urged for an “end [to] the violence.”

Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News a suspect was in custody after shots were fired and multiple deaths were reported.  

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he was “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy.

“Praying for those at the scene and for our community,” he continued.

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

“My heart is with the families, friends and loved ones of the victims as we learn more about this terrible situation,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said on social media. “We must unite to end the violence.”

My heart is with the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims as we learn more about this terrible situation. We must unite to end the violence. https://t.co/MINrFfTfUr

Ben Cardin, Maryland’s other Democratic senator, expressed his gratitude for the first responders and said his “heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis.”

Devastating. My heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis right now. As information continues to come in, I remain as grateful as ever for our first responders. If you’re in the area, please stay inside and stay safe. https://t.co/PyCAjfvd1R

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also thanked first responders on social media.

Monitoring reports of a shooting at @CapGazNews in Annapolis. My thoughts and prayers are with the staff, first responders, & others on the scene. Thank you @AACOPD for your immediate response.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi immediately called on Congress “to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence.”

“Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country,” Pelosi said. She also expressed her prayers for those impacted by the shooting.

Praying for everyone injured & the families of those lost in today’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Congress has a responsibility to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country.

“Once again a group of Americans are confronted by gun violence. Congress must act,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. “Members of the press here and abroad risk their lives to report the truth; we must respect that vital role that a free press plays in making democracy function.”

Members of the press here and abroad risk their lives to report the truth; we must respect the vital role that a free press plays in making democracy function.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said he was “praying for the safety of everyone in the [Capital Gazette] family.”

Praying for the safety of everyone in the @capitalgazette family. https://t.co/Xdf1Et5pFC

“I am deeply saddened by reports of a shooting at [Capital Gazette],” Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md, said on Twitter. “My thoughts are with the paper’s staff and their families at this difficult time.”

I am deeply saddened by reports of a shooting at @capgaznews. My thoughts are with the paper’s staff and their families at this difficult time. I will continue to monitor the situation and work with local, state and federal law enforcement as we assess these developments.

Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown, also of Maryland, said he was monitoring the situation and promised to share more details as he receives them.

I’m closely monitoring situation at @capgaznews in Annapolis. @ATFHQ Baltimore is responding to the shooting along with state and local law enforcement.

Will share more information as I receive updates https://t.co/zCqOf9Bxkx

 “My prayers are with the victims and their loved ones as we continue to learn more about this horrific act of violence,” Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., said.

My prayers are with the victims and their loved ones as we continue to learn more about this horrific act of violence. #Annapolis https://t.co/LTGMRkZvyN

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.