Five people have been killed after a gunman stormed a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, opening fire on employees.
A further 20 people are said to have been injured in the shooting, which happened inside the Capital Gazette newsroom at around 2.30pm local time.
The gunman, believed to be a white man in his 20s, blasted newspaper staff through a glass door, a witness has said.
Police say the attacker was apprehended at the scene and did not resist arrest.
He was described as wearing a black T-shirt, olive trousers and had long hair in a pony tail.
Officers arrived 60 seconds after the alarm was first raised, preventing further casualties.
A suspected explosive device was also found in the area, authorities said in a press conference.
The unnamed suspect is not cooperating with police and is believed to have damaged his fingertips so he could not be identified, a law enforcement source said.
Reporter Phil Davis, who survived the attack, posted on Twitter shortly after it happened A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.
And he continued 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.
Mr Davis, who covers courts and crime for the newspaper, wrote in a third tweet There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.
Anthony Messenger, who describes himself as an intern at the newspaper, had earlier posted on Twitter Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told reporters at a news conference It’s a tragic situation. We don’t have all the information yet, and we can’t give all the information yet, but we have had several fatalities.
US president Donald Trump tweeted Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.
Kalani Gordon, a senior editor at the Baltimore Sun, which owns the newspaper, posted on Twitter A shooting has occurred at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, a paper that is owned by The Baltimore Sun, according to reports from Gazette staff.
The Baltimore Sun earlier tweeted We are investigating reports of an incident at the Capital-Gazette building in the 800 block of Bestgate Road in Annapolis. We will share details as we confirm them.
Police have been at the Baltimore Sun office as well for a precautionary sweep, staff confirmed.
A Capital Gazette journalist said their staff were continuing to work on the story and promised that an edition would be published on Friday.
He wrote Continuing to cover story with Capital journalists Chase Cook and Pat Ferguson. Thanks to our @baltimoresun colleagues who are here too. There will be a Capital Friday.
Ron Bateman, Sheriff of Anne Arundel, told Fox News there have been multiple fatalities.
Staff have been pictured being led out of the building with their hands raised.
Anne Arundel Police, which is dealing with the shooting, posted on Twitter confirming active shooter at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Building evacuated. Officers continuing to search building. Relocation point is inside Lord and Taylor in the mall.
For now, the Annapolis shooting is being treated as a local incident and not one that involves terrorism, a law enforcement official said.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said President Trump has been briefed, and said thoughts and prayers were with those affected.
The newspaper was founded in 1884, and was purchased by the Baltimore Sun in 2014.
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.
There is no active threat at this time, he said.
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