Another deadly shooting, this time at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County. Police report that five people have been killed and several other people have been injured. Police do have the shooter in custody but are not releasing his identification. One detail the police have released is that the shooter mutilated his fingers in a possible effort to prevent his identification.
At around 3:15 pm police responded to an “active shooter” at the newspaper office, the Capital Gazette. Gunfire was not exchanged between the gunman and police. The police were interrogating the suspect but they had also recovered what appeared to be an “explosive device. About 170 people were inside the building when the shooting happened.
Phil Davis a crime reporter for the newspaper was inside the building during the shooting. He hid under his desk while he could hear the lone gunman shooting. “Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on the multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad.” he tweeted.
Davis said 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. Police arrived and surrounded the shooter, Davis said.
Mayor Gavin Buckley of Annapolis said that police responded within a minute to the scene. “If they were not there as quickly as they were it could have been a lot worse.” President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” he tweeted.
Law enforcement believes that the shooter had some interaction with an executive at the newspaper previously. An employee on lockdown in a nearby building said responding officers “were hustling.” Authorities evacuated the 170 people from the building, which is also home to other businesses and doctors’ offices.
Four of the dead were killed at the scene; a fifth person, who was shot in the upper body and arm, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center.”Devastating. My heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis right now,” Maryland Senator Ben Cardin tweeted.