Date
17 October 2018
Emergency response vehicles drive near a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. Photo: Reuters
Emergency response vehicles drive near a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. Photo: Reuters

Five dead in shooting at newspaper office in Maryland

A man sprayed a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland in the United States with gunfire Thursday afternoon, killing five people and gravely injuring at least three others.

The suspect was arrested soon after the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper’s office, without exchanging gunfire with police, Reuters reports.

Police said they did not know his motive but believe he acted alone.

One law enforcement source told CBS News that suspect was a male in his 20s who had no identification on him.

He is said to have used a shotgun in the attack.

Police recovered something they thought might have been an explosive device. About 170 people were evacuated from the building, which has been secure, Reuters cited local authorities as saying.

Law enforcement in Baltimore and New York City deployed extra officers to the office of the New York Times and other major media outlets as a precaution.

The Annapolis shooting is being treated as a local incident and not one that involves terrorism, a law enforcement official said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene assisting local authorities.

Capital Gazette publishes a stable of newspapers in and around Annapolis, home of the US Naval Academy. The oldest of them traces its roots to the early 1700s. 

Live video images showed people leaving the building, walking through a parking lot with their hands in the air. Scores of police vehicles were on the scene.

Jimmy DeButts, an editor at the Capital Gazette, tweeted that he was devastated, heartbroken and numb.

“I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community,” he wrote.

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