Five people were killed and multiple others were injured when a gunman opened fire at the office of a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, authorities said at a press conference.
The shooting occurred at the offices of The Capital-Gazette, an Annapolis police spokesperson says. The lone suspect is in custody, authorities said.
Police responded within 60 to 90 seconds and confronted the suspect, authorities said, though it was not clear if authorities exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
Authorities could not confirm what kind of weapon was used in the shooting.
Phil Davis, a reporter with The Capital Gazette, wrote on Twitter, “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 also tweeted, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”
At a press conference, Lt. Ryan Frashure, the public information officer of the Anne Arundel County police, said the shooting occurred at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis, where the newspaper’s offices are located.
In news footage, people were seen evacuating the building with their hands up.
Frashure said family members are being asked to reunite at the Lord & Taylor store inside the Annapolis Mall.
Gov. Larry Hogan, on Twitter, wrote, “Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis.”
Annapolis is the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Its population is about 40,000.
This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
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