Suspect in shooting in US newspaper office in custody
Annapolis (US): Five people were killed on Thursday afternoon (US time) and several others seriously injured when a gunman stormed into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., and started shooting.
Five people were killed on Thursday afternoon (US time) and several others seriously injured when a gunman stormed into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., and started shooting.The suspect has been taken into custody and has been identified as an adult male. His name has not been released. The shooting has not yet been labelled as a terror attack,
Police said there was no information on the motive. The suspect was found hiding under a table and had used a shotgun in the attack.
“We did recover what we thought may have been an explosive device,” said William Krampf, acting chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. “That has been taken care of. We have members of the bomb squad on scene. We don’t anticipate having any more explosive devices,” he told newspersons.
The suspect did not exchange gunfire with officers when he was taken into custody.
Phil Davis, a crime reporter at The Capital, who was in the newsroom during the attack, said the gunman began shooting his colleagues seated in the front. “He never said anything,” he added.
“He didn’t have enough bullets for us. It was terrifying to know he didn’t have enough bullets to kill everyone in that office, and had to get more,” Davis was quoted in the media.
Annapolis is Maryland’s capital city and located on Chesapeake Bay.
The episode prompted the police departments in some major American cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago, to send increased security to their area media organizations.