Several people are reported to have been shot dead at the offices of “The Capital” newspaper in the US state of Maryland near Washington. Police have taken the shooter into custody.

    
Police respond to a shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. (picture alliance/TNS/Capital Gazette/Baltimore Sun/J. McKerrow)

At least five people were killed and several others “gravely injured” in a shooting at the offices of The Capital newspaper in the US state of Maryland, police said on Thursday.

“The shooter is in custody and is being interrogated at this time,” city spokesman Steve Schuh said.

A reporter for the newspaper, Phil Davis, wrote on Twitter that a single shooter had killed several employees.

Phil Davis@PhilDavis_CG

A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.

Law enforcement sources told broadcaster CBS News that the suspect is a male in his 20s and had used a shotgun during the attack.

White House responds

The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, wrote on Twitter he was “devastated” upon hearing about the incident.

Governor Larry Hogan

@GovLarryHogan

Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis. I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and @MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD. Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community.

Anne Arundel Police

@AACOPD

#update 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.

Speaking at a news conference, Hogan said, “We don’t have all the information yet, and we can’t give all the information yet, but we have had several fatalities.”

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected.”

A police spokesman in New York City said security had been bolstered at New York-based news organizations as a precaution. “There is no active threat at this time,” he said.

amp, jm/aw (EFE, AFP, dpa, Reuters, AP)

COURTESY: DW
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