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Maryland newspaper shooting: At least five people shot dead at Capital Gazette building, authorities say

| 29.06,18. 12:20 PM |




Maryland newspaper shooting: At least five people shot dead at Capital Gazette building, authorities say


The suspect has been apprehended and no motive is known for the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper, local political leaders said.

Police said the suspect, who they believe acted alone, was a white adult male in his late 30s and he used a long gun.

Anne Arundel County police spokesman, Lieutenant Ryan Frashure, said police also recovered what they believed was an explosive device from the building.

Reports said the suspect was not cooperating with police and that he may have mutilated his fingertips in an effort to prevent him from being easily identified.

A source also said smoke bombs and flash bang devices were found in the man's backpack.

Police said threats had been sent to the newspaper on social media ahead of the attack.

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, authorities said.

"The shooter is in custody and is being interrogated at this time," Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told a news conference.

About 170 people were evacuated from the building, which has been secured, police said.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said: "It's a tragic situation. We don't have all the information yet, and we can't give all the information yet, but we have had several fatalities."

For now, 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, the official said.

Phil Davis, who identified himself as a courts and crime reporter at the Capital Gazette, tweeted that multiple people had been shot.

Mr Davis said a single shooter "shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead".

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

US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected," she said.

Mr Trump was aboard Air Force One, returning to Washington from an event in Wisconsin.

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

Two law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect used a shotgun.

Police also went to the offices of the Baltimore Sun as a precaution, that paper reported.

The New York Police Department said it was beefing up security at New York-based news organisations as a precaution.

"We're deploying units from our Critical Response Command to news outlets throughout New York City," NYPD spokesman Andrew Lava said.

"There is no active threat at this time."

Agents from the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident, the bureau tweeted.

Live video showed people leaving the building, walking through a parking lot with their hands in the air.

Scores of police vehicles were on the scene.

Capital Gazette publishes a stable of newspapers in and around Annapolis, home of the US Naval Academy.

The papers have thrived by focusing on local news in the shadows of two much larger competitors, the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.

Reuters/AP/ABC

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