Five killed in shooting at Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland

2 years 1 week 4 days ago Thursday, June 28 2018 Jun 28, 2018 Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:03:00 PM CDT June 28, 2018 in News
By: CNN, The Associated Press and Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

(CNN) -  Five people were killed and several others wounded in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

The suspected shooter is in custody. He is described as a white male who is not cooperating with investigators. The suspect had no identification when he was apprehended and the FBI found no information immediately in the system, a law enforcement source said.

Police said he used a long gun and that they found what they believed to be an explosive device at the building, which they said has since been "taken care of."

Phil Davis, a reporter for the Gazette, sent several tweets about the attack.

In an interview with The Capital Gazette's online site, Davis said it "was like a war zone" inside the newspaper's offices — a situation that would be "hard to describe for a while."

"I'm a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time," he said. "But as much as I'm going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don't know until you're there and you feel helpless."

Davis told the paper he and others were still hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing. "I don't know why. I don't know why he stopped," he said.

An unconfirmed number of people were injured, with at least two hospitals saying they received three patients, two of them with minor injuries not caused by gunshots. About 170 people in all were evacuated from the building.

The New York Police Department has deployed officers to media outlets around that city as a precaution, including the New York Times and ABC.

In Annapolis, city spokesperson Susan O'Brien said, "This is a newspaper we live with every day. Our hearts are with the family."

O'Brien said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was on the scene.

Earlier, Hogan tweeted he was "absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis."

"Devastating. My heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis right now," Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin tweeted.

The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

This story will continue to be updated as we learn more information.

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