Five dead, others ‘gravely injured’ in shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis

Capital Gazette

At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.

A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used.

Anne Arundel County Police initially confirmed about 3:15 p.m. that they were responding to an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

Police said a “long gun” was used in the incident. They said officers did not exchange gunfire with the suspect, who was now being interrogated. They said officers had recovered what appeared to be an “explosive device,” and had “tactically secured” the building. About 170 people were inside at the time of the shooting, police said.

Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said multiple people were shot, as others — himself included — hid under their desks. He said there was a lone male gunman.

“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,” Davis wrote on Twitter as he waited to be interviewed by police.


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8 Responses to Five dead, others ‘gravely injured’ in shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Awful. Just awful. Wonder what the motive was.


  2. stella says:

    Just read “The suspect is refusing to identify himself. The suspect damaged his fingertips in an effort to avoid identification, a law enforcement source tells CBS News.”

    Apparently the shooter has been identified by facial recognition software, but his name has not been released. One cop I saw being interviewed said that the police had already gone to search his home.

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  3. stella says:

    Via NBC News:

    A senior official said the suspect is 39 years old. Local authorities were preparing to execute a search warrant for the suspect’s home. The suspect’s name has not been released, but sources told NBC News that he is from Maryland.

    So much for the report that the shooter was in his twenties. Must wear sunscreen.


  4. stella says:

    5 dead in ‘targeted attack’ at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis

    The suspect sent threats to the Capital Gazette over social media indicating violence, Krampf said. On CNN, Anne Arundel County Lieutenant Ryan Frasure added that the suspect had a conflict with the newspaper.


  5. stella says:


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