A senior law enforcement official has confirmed to CBS News that four people were killed in the shooting. Here’s the details so far…
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
from Zero Hedge
Update 3: According to CBS Boston, the shooter is described as a white male in his 20s, who was armed with a shotgun.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) June 28, 2018
Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was there at the time of the shooting, said that multiple people had been shot, as others — himself included — hid under their desks. He said there was a lone male gunman.
“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,” Davis wrote on Twitter as he waited 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.”
And an update from Lt. Ryan Frashure of the Annaopolis Police:
“At this point, we believe that it is one suspect, but again, that is one of the many things that we have to go through in our checklist to make sure that that building is secure. We need to make sure there is just one suspect.”
“At this point, we believe that it is one suspect, but again, that is one of the many things that we have to go through in our checklist to make sure that that building is secure. We need to make sure there is just one suspect.” Lt. Ryan Frashure of @AACOPD says pic.twitter.com/rL47ExF6Qh
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 28, 2018
Update 2: ABC7’s Brad Bell reports that multiple sources confirmed a shooter was taken into custody and that a shotgun was involved. A reunification center for families has been opened at the Lord & Taylor at Westfield Annapolis mall.
Some people have begun to point fingers at pundit Milo Yiannapolous, who told The Observer “I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight”
Yesterday, Milo Yiannapolous urged people to shoot and kill journalists. Today, multiple journalists at the Capital Gazette newspaper in #Annapolis were murdered.
— Nathan Lean (@nathanlean) June 28, 2018
Update: according to CBS, four people have been reported dead after the shooting:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 28, 2018
Governor Larry Hogan has issued a response:
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
Police in Baltimore responded to an active shooter incident at the Capital Gazette newspaper offices in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The building is being evacuated while offciers continue to search for more shooters, while one suspect has been reportedly apprehended according to Annapolis Police Lt. Timothy Seipp.
Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman told Shepard Smith that a suspect has been apprehended at the newspaper’s office, located on Bestgate Road, off Defense Highway in Parole, Md.
The Capital-Gazette, which serves the Annapolis area and Kent Narrows, is a subsidiary of the Baltimore Sun newspaper, and Trace Gallagher reported that newsroom is now sweeping for possible threats. –Fox
USA Today reports at least four injuries, while Reuters reports that the shooting is being treated as a local incident, not terrorism.
LAW ENFORCEMENT to Reuters: Shooting at Annapolis newspaper being treated as local incident, not terrorism.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) June 28, 2018
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is responding to the incident, which occurred only three miles from the Maryland State Capitol. The incident comes less than a week after Annapolis police held an active shooter drill at St. Mary’s High School.
Trump has been briefed on the mass shooting in Annapolis, WH says via pool. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected,” a WH spokeswoman says.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 28, 2018
From the Capital Gazette’s website:
Anne Arundel County Police confirmed there was an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed it was responding to a “shooting incident” at the Gazette.
Phil Davis, a Gazette reporter, said that multiple people had been shot. Police did not immediately respond to requests for further information.
A crime reporter for Capital Gazette tweeted the event:
A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
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
An intern at the newspaper, Anthony Messenger, tweeted a cry for help around the time the shooting was first reported.
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he is “absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy” — which occurred only a few miles from his chambers, according to Fox News.
Hogan said he is in contact with Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh (R), and asked that Marylanders heed “all warnings” from law enforcement and avoid the area. “[I’m] praying for those at the scene and for our community,” Hogan said.