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Police secure the scene of a shooting in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a newspaper office in Annapolis on Thursday, killing five people and gravely wounding several others before being taken into custody in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history, police and witnesses said.

Police gave no immediate details on the gunman or his motive in the shooting rampage at The Capital Gazette and said he was being interrogated. Authorities said they also found what they believed to be an explosive device.

Phil Davis, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling for cover under desks.

“A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,” he wrote.

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.”

The shooting — which came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the “fake news media” from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down— prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation’s media capital.

At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against.”

The gunman, whose name was not immediately released, was believed to have used a shotgun, according to a U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The gunman was not carrying any identification, authorities said.

“The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don’t have any information yet on motive,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said. “To my knowledge, there was no verbal aspect to the incident where he declared his motives or anything else, so at this point we just don’t know.”

Anne Arundel County Acting Police Chief William Krampf confirmed five deaths and said several others were gravely hurt. At least two hospitals said they received three patients, two of them with minor injuries not caused by gunshots.

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers raced to the scene, arriving in 60 seconds, and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire.

About 170 people in all were evacuated from the building as a multitude of police cars and other emergency vehicles converged on the scene. People could be seen leaving the building with their hands up.

The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com.

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 gunman stopped firing.

“I don’t know why. I don’t know why he stopped,” he said.

New York police sent counterterrorism teams to news organizations around the city in a move authorities said was a precaution, not prompted by any specific threat. Police could be seen outside The New York Times, ABC News and Fox News early in the evening.

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Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

 

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7 thoughts on “Five Killed At Maryland Newspaper, Gunman In Custody

  1. americanize on said:

    Here we go again were my racist at mac sissy,jpuff,and the rest of you troll devils.What are you going to do about this white on white crime.The most dangerous man in America is the angry white male.

  2. tedgravely on said:

    Surprise, Surprise. Surprise! Another mass shooting and the shooter is a white man. Despite his name, similar to Zimmerman, 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos is white. Whew, I went out on a limb yesterday. He shot the place up and killed five people and somehow, the so called law enforcement managed to take him alive without firing a rubber bullet, taser, or rock. Probably didn’t wrestle him to the ground until his clothes came off, didn’t put his face in the ground, no choke hold, and probably more amazingly there was – get this – no knee in the back. It is stunning how the so called police can arrest someone when they think he looks like Jesus. I’m also sure he is crazy and was just so upset by the “fake media” that a jury of his white peers will sympathize and spare him the death penalty. That White privilege is a heck of a drug.

  3. He’s white and taken alive. But a young teen is shot in the back while running from a corrupt racist bytch azz fake cop, and is riddled with bullets to his back. Go figure. Blk lives do not matter in americkkka.

  4. tedgravely on said:

    Just going out on a limb – white “cowardly” male. If the demographics is anything different, I’ll cop to be wrong. In custody alive, authorities talking to him, the demographics is not being discussed, and survivors are not providing a description to the media – just calling him the “shooter.” All clues point to shall we say – BBQ Becky or Permit Patty’s son or nephew.

    • White privilege kept him alive toat least stand trial.
      If he finally opens up and said he did it in the name of Jesus,they’d considered him a crazed lonewolf religious psychopath,and have him sent to the Annapolis nuthouse for evaluation by the shrinks.He could be eventually be found “not guilty by reason of insanity” and spend the rest of his life in a maximum psych joint.
      On the other hand if he admits that he did it in the name of Allah,he’d be labeled a terrorist,part of an ISIS conspiracy,and remanded to the Feds who will shove the Patriot Act down his throat.
      Then if convicted he’ll get the injection within 5 years.

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