Annapolis shooting: Several people shot at US newspaper building
US police are investigating a shooting at a local newspaper in Maryland, where several people have been shot.
Police said there were multiple fatalities at the scene, and that a suspect was now in custody.
The shooting occurred at the Capital Gazette newspaper building on Thursday afternoon.
One reporter has said a gunman shot through a glass door at “multiple employees” but police told the BBC they could not confirm details.
Some US media are quoting law enforcement officers as saying that there were multiple fatalities and injuries.
But county police Lt Ryan Frashure said during a televised news conference that there are injuries, but could not give any further details.
Lt Frashure said police did not anticipate this would be an event with “major casualties”.
He also could not confirm whether the shooting took place in the newsroom, and said police are still evacuating and securing the building.
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.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
Maryland governor Larry Hogan said on Twitter he was “absolutely devastated” and was in contact with authorities.
Democratic senator Chris Van Hollen responded to the Gazette journalist on Twitter, saying “journalists shouldn’t have to fend off bullets in the newsroom”.
Phil, I can’t imagine what you and the entire Capital Gazette team are going through right now. Journalists shouldn’t have to fend off bullets in the newsroom while doing their jobs—this is not normal. Stay strong. https://t.co/hchUMIaMN1
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) June 28, 2018
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, the deputy press secretary told reporters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding.
The Capital Gazette is a daily newspaper and digital news site that is a part of Capital Gazette Communications.
Capital Gazette Communications publishes several local papers and is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.