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5 Killed When Gunman Opens Fire on Maryland Newsroom

Suspect is in custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2018 3:05 PM CDT
Updated Jun 28, 2018 4:15 PM CDT
In this frame from video, people leave the Capital Gazette newspaper after multiple people have been shot on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.   (WJLA via AP)

(Newser) – A single shooter killed five people Thursday and wounded others at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and police said a suspect was in custody. A reporter at the Capital Gazette tweeted that a single gunman fired into the newsroom and shot multiple employees. Phil Davis, who covers courts and crime for the newspaper, tweeted that the shooter fired through the glass door to the office, the AP reports. "A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead," he tweeted. Officials later confirmed that five people were killed. Davis added, "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload."

Anne Arundel police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers had raced to the scene, arriving 60 seconds, and engaged the shooter. 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." 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. The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. It is part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

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