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At least 5 dead after shooting at newspaper office in Maryland; suspect in custody

Key Points
  • At least five were killed and several others "gravely injured" during a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, law enforcement officials said Thursday. 
  • Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told reporters at a briefing following the shooting that a suspect was in custody and was being interrogated. 
  • "We don't have all the information yet, and we can't give all the information yet, because this is an active crime scene and investigation," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said. 

At least five were killed and several others "gravely injured" during a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told reporters at a briefing following the shooting that a male suspect was in custody and was being interrogated. Authorities said they had not yet determined a motive, and declined to provide details about the weapon that was used beyond saying that it was a "long gun."

Law enforcement also identified what they believed to be an explosive device on the scene, an official said. More than 170 people were evacuated from the building after the shooting, he said.

The suspect in Thursday's shooting at a Maryland newspaper was identified as Jarrod Ramos, born Dec. 21, 1979, according to three senior law enforcement officials.

A crime reporter at the Gazette provided harrowing details about the incident on his Twitter account in the moments after it occurred.

“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,” crime reporter Phil Davis wrote in one post. “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”

Law enforcement responded to the incident in about 60 seconds, Gov. Larry Hogan told reporters following the shooting. More than 10 agencies were assisting in the investigation, a law enforcement official said.

"We don't have all the information yet, and we can't give all the information yet, because this is an active crime scene and investigation," Hogan said.

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President Donald Trump said in a Thursday post on Twitter that he had been briefed on the shooting and that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families.

The Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun. Police were at the Sun on Thursday following the shooting, according to an article in that newspaper. Their presence at the Sun was a precaution, police said.

Tronc, owner of The Baltimore Sun, said it is deeply saddened by the attack in the Capital Gazette newsroom.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are focused now on providing our employees and their families with support during this tragic time," the company said in a statement.

The New York Police Department sent counterterrorism teams to media organizations in and around New York, said John Miller, a NYPD counterterrorism official, in a statement Thursday.

"These deployments are not based on specific threat information, but rather out of an abundance of caution until we learn more about the suspect and motives behind the Maryland shooting. It has become a standard practice to shift resources strategically during active shooter or terrorist events," Miller said.