5 Killed In Shooting At Newsroom In Annapolis; Suspect In Custody

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Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper, in Annapolis, Maryland. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

ANNAPOLIS (WBZ NewsRadio 1030) -- Five people have been killed and several wounded in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, police said.

Anne Arundel Police said there was an active shooter at the building on Bestgate Road. The department's Public Information Officer, Lt. Ryan Frashure, told reporters the first shots were reported around 2:40 p.m. CBS News has reported that the gunman used a shotgun.

 

A reporter at the paper, Phil Davis, wrote on Twitter that multiple people were shot in his office and some were dead. He said he would tweet information while he waits to be interviewed by police.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," he tweeted.

 
 

A suspect is in custody, but has not yet been identified. CBS News also reported the suspect damaged his fingertips to avoid identification by law enforcement, and had smoke bombs and flash grenades in his backpack.

Police said the building was being evacuated and officers were searching the building. 

"We're doing everything we can to secure that building," Lt. Frashure said. "We're currently clearing the building now, making sure it's safe."

President Trump offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families via Twitter.

 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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