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At Least Five Dead in Shooting at Newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland; Shooter Identified

A police officer in a bulletproof vest speaks to an individual on a lawn as other officers walk around them.
Police respond to the shooting in Annapolis. Greg Savoy/Reuters

Update, 10:45 p.m.: Anne Arundel police identified the five deceased employees of the Capital Gazzette: Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, and John McNamara.

Update, 8:30 p.m.: Multiple outlets are reporting that the suspect being held by police is 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, a Maryland resident who sued the Capital Gazette in 2012 for defamation.

Original Post: An individual reportedly wielding a shotgun opened fire Thursday on the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper publishing group in Annapolis, Maryland. Anne Arundel County’s acting police chief told reporters that at least five people were killed and others were “gravely injured” during the shooting. The shooter is in custody and was apprehended without authorities needing to fire on the suspect, but police have not yet released the identity of the shooter. The suspect is reportedly a male, who was not carrying any form of identification and has not cooperating with authorities. What is believed to be an explosive device was also discovered at the building where 170 people were inside at the time of the shooting.

Authorities arrived on the scene of the shooting within 60 seconds of being called. An intern at the paper, which is owned by the Baltimore Sun, first tweeted that there was an active shooter at 2:43 p.m.

“The Gazette is not the only business in the building where the shooting occurred,” the Baltimore Sun reports. “There are 30 tenants in the building, including five others on the first floor with The Capital.” Reporters hid under their desks and tweeted from the scene as the shooting unfolded.

“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” Davis told the Sun later. “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.”

The NYPD said it dispatched officers to major media outlets in New York City. “The NYPD has deployed counterterrorism teams to media organizations in and around New York City. These deployments are not based on specific threat information, but rather out of an abundance of caution until we learn more about the suspect and motives behind the Maryland shooting,” deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence John Miller said in a statement.

*This post has been updated with new information as it became available.

*Correction, June 28, 2018: In an update of breaking news, this post misidentified the acting police chief of Anne Arundel County.