At least 5 dead in Annapolis newspaper shooting

Report Multiple People Shot at Annapolis Newspaper

Report Multiple People Shot at Annapolis Newspaper

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In a series of tweets Thursday, Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis described the horror of the fatal mass shooting that played out within the newspaper's Annapolis, MD building.

Bill Krampf is the acting police chief for Anne Arundel County.

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

Davis's tweets painted a graphic picture of the incident, one of which stated that the gunman first shot through the glass door of the office before turning his weapon on multiple employees.

Journalist Chase Cook, who said he was not in the building at the time of the shooting, said he was "devastated". Officials have not immediately confirmed the validity of that statement.

The gunman, who carried out a deadly assault on a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland had barricaded a back door in an effort to "kill as many people as he could kill", police said on Friday.

A reporter inside The Capital Gazette newsroom Thursday tweeted that "multiple people" had been shot.

"We take comfort knowing they are in God's embrace", county executive Steve Schuh said of the victims.

Police at the crime scene are continuing to hold press briefings as the story continues to unfold. Authorities said a reunification location was being established at the Lord & Taylor at Westfield Annapolis Mall.

Anne Arundel police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers raced to the scene, arriving in 60 seconds, and engaged the shooter.

"We do have injuries. I can't give the extent of those injuries at this point".

Police were also searching the building for more suspects. Two other local hospitals said they had not received patients.

Describing the situation inside the newsroom, Terry Smith a columnist for the newspaper who spoke with several survivors told CNN, " "Absolutely terrifying.

Video captured people leaving the building with their hands in the air as law enforcement swarmed the area. The building is located on the 800 block of Bestgate Road. "It's like dozens of dozens of emergency vehicles, police cars of all types, explosive vehicles, battering ram vehicles, all kinds of stuff", Wallace said at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday.

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