WASHINGTON — Five people were fatally shot and others were wounded Thursday afternoon in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., and a suspect is in custody, authorities said.
The spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department said the suspect is a white adult male. He said no shots were exchanged between
Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the suspect was apprehended
One was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma, 28 miles away in Baltimore, but did not survive.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh all praised first responders for their quick response. At a news conference from the scene around 4:30 p.m. EDT, Schuh said police arrived on the scene within 60 seconds.
Phil Davis, Gazette’s courts and crime reporter, tweeted at 12:46 p.m. EDT that earlier he had hidden under his desk when he heard the shooter reload.
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
Davis told the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital Gazette, that a lone male suspect shot through a glass door to gain acr
The spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, which is heading the investigation, had said around 4 p.m. EDT that “we do have injuries.” Lt. Ryan Frashure, who was at the scene, had told reporters that police didn’t expect “major casualties.”
He said the building has been evacuated but is still being secured to ascertain that a threat no longer exists.
Frashure said people being evacuated can be reunited with their families at the Lord & Taylor department store at the nearby Annapolis Mall. He said the media would be updated soon.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Bureau and Firearms tweeted at about 3:56 p.m. EDT that it was responding to the scene. About 10 agencies were assisting local police.
A few minutes after the news conference at the scene, President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting.
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
Earlier had Hogan tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis.”
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
This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News.
Regina Holmes has more than two decades of experience as a journalist –editing and reporting for news dailies including the Miami Herald, Newsday and the Baltimore Examiner. She also launched an award-winning investigative news website that tackled police and political corruption in Baltimore. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Baltimore County Public Schools. Regina became a journalist because even as a child she was fascinated by the power of the press: how it could force a president out of office, elect a president, expose corruption, and shine a light on discrimination. She is passionate about giving a voice to people who are disenfranchised, ignored or powerless, including people of color, senior citizens, the impoverished, people with disabilities, veterans, and children. Issues in which she is particularly interested include race relations, criminal justice, and police brutality. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In her spare time, Regina enjoys traveling,antiquing, window-shopping for carsand watching HGTV.