FIVE people have been shot after a gunman blasted his way through The Capital Gazette newspaper offices in Maryland.
Reporters tweeted for help as they hid under their desks while the shooter went on a murderous rampage with a shotgun this afternoon.
Police said a white male was in custody and is being interrogated by detectives.
Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan told reporters: “We’ve had several fatalities and several [other victims are] in the hospital.”
The suspect was arrested after SWAT and officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives swarmed in on the building.
Aerial footage of the scene later showed people being led out of the office with their hands up.
Expert teams are now sweeping the building to search for bombs and other weapons.
The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis newspaper, says a reporter told them of the shooting Thursday afternoon.
Anthony Messenger, an intern at the newspaper, tweeted at 2.43pm that there was an “active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us.”
Capital Gazette journalist, Phil Davis was one of the reporters led out of the building by police.
He later tweeted: “A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.
Maryland shooting – what we know so far…
- Police raced to The Gazette newspaper offices in Annapolis, Maryland,
after reports of an ‘active shooter’
- Intern Anthony Messenger tweeted at 2.43pm: “active shooter, please help us”
- Crime reporter Phil Davis confirmed a number of people had been shot
by a lone gunman
- One person is currently in custody
- Police reveal five people have been killed in the shooting
- The suspect is revealed to be a white male
“Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.
“Can’t say much more, but it’s bad.”
He then added: “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”
An editor at the Capital Gazette Jimmy DeButts, tweeted that he was “devastated and heartbroken” at the news.
He said: “Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews. I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day.
“There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community.”
US President Donald Trump has tweeted sent his condolences to those effected by the tragedy.
He said: ” 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.”
While Ben Cardin, State Senator from Maryland, tweeted: “Devastating. My heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis right now.
“As information continues to come in, I remain as grateful as ever for our first responders. If you’re in the area, please stay inside and stay safe.”
The Capital Gazette is a daily newspaper in the city of Annapolis in Maryland.
It was founded in 1884 and has more than 30,000 daily readers with a 35,000 circulation for its Sunday edition.
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