5 dead in shooting at Maryland newspaper

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June 28 (UPI) — Five people died Thursday after a gunman opened fire at an Annapolis, Md., newspaper office building, Anne Arundel County Acting Police Chief Bill Krampf said.

The shooting happened in the building where the Capital Gazette is located, The Baltimore Sun, which owns the newspaper, reported.

“We’ve had a terrible shooting incident here this afternoon,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told reporters during a news conference. “There are several people who have died from this incident and several others injured.”

Schuh said emergency officials transported the injured to Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Shock Trauma.

He confirmed police arrested and were questioning a suspect.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he was “devastated” to learn of the shooting.

“I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh and [Maryland State Police] is on the scene assisting [the Anne Arundel County Police],” he tweeted. “Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community.”

A law enforcement official told CNN the shooting happened in the Gazette’s newsroom. Phil Davis, a courts and crime reporter at the Gazette, said he was in the newsroom when the gunman opened fire and shared his observations on Twitter. He said some people were dead.

“Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad,” he tweeted.

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

This is a developing story.


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