Gunman kills 5 at Capital Gazette newspaper office, suspected explosive device recovered

Jun 29, 2018, 18:25
Gunman kills 5 at Capital Gazette newspaper office, suspected explosive device recovered

"We've had a awful shooting incident this afternoon", said Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh, at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Davis described the scene as "nothing more terrifying" as he took cover under his desk while the gunman shot and killed multiple Gazette employees.

Police described the suspect - who was being questioned in custody - as a white adult male who was armed with a rifle or a shotgun, and appeared to have acted alone. "Employees could hear gun being reloaded." a reporter for the newspaper, Phil Davis, tweeted, saying that multiple people were shot. He said officers are searching the building in Annapolis where the shooting was reported.

"The Capital and the Maryland Gazette are institutions that have served us well for so many years, and I have had the pleasure of working alongside the editors, reporters and photographers". The reporter added that he felt helpless. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said agents were responding. Families are beginning to be reunited at the Annapolis Mall according to AACO Emergency Mgmt.

The suspect has been apprehended and no motive is known for the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper, local news reports said. "Thank you to all of the First Responders who are now on the scene", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he was "absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis".

The New York Police Department immediately deployed counterterrorism teams to news organizations around the city in a move police said was prompted not by any specific threat but was instead done as a precaution.

This comes after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, which has resulted in at least five deaths.

County executive Steve Schuh told CNN that the suspect was hiding under a desk in the building when police officers arrived "within 60 seconds" of receiving news of the incident. The newspaper's name is actually the Capital, and also published the Maryland Gazette.

Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, offered the Trump administration's "thoughts and prayers" to "all that are affected".

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

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