A terrified intern working at the Capital Gazette newspaper tweeted ‘active shooter please help us’ as a gunman opened fire on his colleagues.
Anthony Messenger was working at the paper’s office in Annapolis, Maryland this afternoon when a man entered the office and started shooting.
At least five people have been killed and more injured while a suspect is in custody.
The crime reporter for the Capital Gazette has described the terror inside the offices in a series of tweets.
Phil Davies tweeted I will tweet what I can while I wait to be interviewed by police.
A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.
Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad.
There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.
I’m currently waiting to be interviewed by police, so I’m safe and no longer at the office.
Up to 20 others were said to be injured in the mass shooting.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he was in close contact with authorities.
Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis, Hogan tweeted.
The Capital Gazette is a daily newspaper that serves the city of Annapolis, Maryland. It’s sister newspaper, The Maryland Gazette, is one of the oldest American newspapers.
Founded in 1884, it has a circulation of more than 30,000 daily and 35,000 for the Sunday edition.
For now, the Annapolis shooting is being treated as a local incident and not one that involves terrorism, a law enforcement official said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene assisting local authorities, the official said.
One law enforcement source told CBS News the suspect is a male in his 20s who had no identification on him.
Two law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect used a shotgun.
Police also went to the offices of the Baltimore Sun as a precaution, that paper reported.
The New York Police Department said it was beefing up security at New York-based news organizations as a precaution.
We’re deploying units from our Critical Response Command to news outlets throughout New York City, said Officer Andrew Lava, an NYPD spokesman.
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