At least 5 dead in Annapolis newspaper shooting

At least 5 dead in Annapolis newspaper shooting

At least 5 dead in Annapolis newspaper shooting

Special Agents and Task Force Officers are reportedly assisting the Anne Arundel Police with their investigation. It is part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

An unidentified gunman killed at least five people and wounded several more in an attack on the Capital-Gazette's newsroom. The five victims have been identified as Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara, all employees of the newspaper.

The newspaper's website lists 20 newsroom employees.

"The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don't have any information yet on motive", Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.

The Ramos initially refused to identify himself.

A police spokesman in New York City said security had been bolstered at New York-based news organizations as a precaution.

A senior federal law enforcement source says the suspect was also carrying fake grenades. A bomb squad has been deployed to check the building for explosive devices. Officials said the suspect was being interrogated.

Investigators have not confirmed whether he had a connection to the newspaper, Krampf said. They were brought to a re-unification center that had been set up at a nearby mall.

Police Lt. Ryan Frashure told CNN they believe the suspect "had some type of conflict" with the paper.


Police, who were on the scene between 60 and 90 seconds after receiving the report, say that the building has been evacuated, and officers are continuing to search.

Police said there were multiple fatalities at the scene, and that a suspect was now in custody.

He credited active shooter training for the quick response. Phil Davis, who covers courts and crime for the newspaper, tweeted that the shooter fired through the glass door to the office.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload".

Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted he was "absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy", adding that he is in contact with authorities on the scene.

For now, the Annapolis shooting is being treated as a local incident and not one that involves terrorism.

It was not immediately clear whether he self-mutiliated his fingertips to avoid being identified, if he suffered injuries during the shooting or if he had longstanding injuries.

The Capital Gazette is a daily newspaper and digital news site that is a part of Capital Gazette Communications.

"Police said two others had minor injuries, and the newspaper later reported both were employees later released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries".

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