UPDATE: Shooter is reportedly older than originally reported, used a shotgun in the attack, and went to great lengths to conceal his identity.
The suspect, who used a shotgun, didn’t have identification on him and has not been cooperative with investigators in revealing his identity. CBS News reportedthat the shooter inflicted damage to his fingertips in an effort to not be identified by prints.
Police originally said he was a white male believed to be in his 20s; after facial recognition software was used to identify him, the shooter’s age was bumped up to 39 years old. Authorities were executing a search warrant at his home and were not expected to release a photo until that was complete.
A backpack belonging to the gunman was reportedly found and contained smoke bombs or flash-bang grenades. Police said they were confident that there were no more explosives at the scene.
UPDATE: At least five people are reported dead and more “gravely injured in the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting in Annapolis.
A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used. …
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.
Five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting at the Capital Gazette office, according to police. A shooter is in custody. https://t.co/ZTw7BuaNAk
— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 28, 2018
And the left wasted no time in assigning blame, despite the dearth of information about the shooter or his motive.
The shooting today in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland cannot reasonably be separated from the President’s mission to villainize the press as “the enemy of the American people.”
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 28, 2018
And the nation’s second most prominent socialist wants you to know that this is America’s 5,983rd mass shooting so far this year.
This is our nation’s 195th mass shooting – this year. https://t.co/zNBsX3sulZ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 28, 2018
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From msn.com: “Multiple people were shot Thursday at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, with a witness saying a single gunman fired into the newsroom.”
“A reporter at The Capital Gazette tweeted that a single individual shot multiple people. Phil Davis, who covers business and politics for the newspaper, tweeted that the gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.”
This is apparently still an ongoing situation with police searching for the shooter.
According to cnn.com:
Lt. Ryan Frashure, spokesperson of Anne Arundel County Police Department, told reporters that law enforcement officers are still in evacuating the building, following a shooting inside a newspaper building.
He confirmed that there were injuries, but did not expect it to be a mass casualty situation. Frashure said additional information about victims and the suspect will be provided once the building is completely secure.
More as details emerge.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 28, 2018
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) June 28, 2018