Several people were reported killed Thursday at a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper published in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland.
Anne Arundel County Police confirmed the shooting at 888 Bestgate Road, where the Capital Gazette and other businesses reside, according to the Baltimore Sun. The building was subsequently evacuated.
The local ABC7 news reported “multiple fatalities,” quoting police in the historic city located an hour east of Washington. Up to four people had been killed, according to CBS News quoting two sources.
Phil Davis, a Gazette reporter, tweeted, “A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.” He added, “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.”
According to the Baltimore Sun, a reporter with the newspaper Phil Davis said that multiple people have been shot.
The police are yet to confirm if, indeed, anyone has been shot, but have said a suspect is in custody.
They added that the building has been evacuated, and officers are searching still searching the building.
#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.
One of the paper’s reporters tweeted that people were taking cover under their desks as the gunman fired into the office.
“A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,” tweeted crime reporter Phil Davis.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement saying he was “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy. Officials said President Donald Trump had been briefed on it. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Waters told reporters, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected.”
President Donald Trump also responded on Twitter: “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.”