ANNAPOLIS, MD: Reports are that one suspect has been apprehended by a canine officer unit, however, Anne Arundel County police Sheriff Bateman has announced on Fox News that there are multiple fatalities following a shooting at the Capital Gazette, a newspaper located in historic Annapolis, Maryland.
Bateman also says that a suspect is in custody as well as an undefined shotgun.
The first notice of the shooter was an intern tweet from inside the building around 2:50pm EST..
Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us
— Anthony Messenger (@amesscapgaz) June 28, 2018
The Capital Gazette is one of the oldest newspapers in the country.
The police also tweeted out:
Active Shooter: 888 Bestgate Road #Annapolis. Media staging area is 839 Bestgate Road.
— Lt. Ryan Frashure (@AACOPD_PIO) June 28, 2018
At least six persons injured, undetermined fatalities
At least six people were injured in the shooting. Live coverage shows that at least one person has been airlifted to a level one trauma center, John Hopkins located in Baltimore, Maryland, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and state police, along with officers from neighboring jurisdictions are at the scene in the 800 block of Bestgate Road, near the Annapolis Mall.
Unconfirmed reports are that four of those wounded suffered critical injuries. CBS reports:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 28, 2018
Two state police helicopters have been called the scene, and a triage has been set up, SkyTeam 11 Capt. Roy Taylor reports.
Suspicious packages were reported. SWAT officers will conduct a room-by-room search as there are reports that the police are conducting routine searches for additional shooters and possible explosives.
Police recently tweeted:
MD Sheriff: ‘Multiple Fatalities’ in Annapolis Newsroom Shooting. https://t.co/rhFdE1Mjg4
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 28, 2018
Numerous police departments have responded to the shooting. Most recent reports are that Prince Georges Fire Department is sending in ambulance and responder units. A bomb unit has also been dispatched along with the ATF:
BREAKING: ATF Baltimore is responding to a shooting incident at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. pic.twitter.com/GQ1bMAejzQ
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) June 28, 2018
An employee of the Capital Gazette, Joshua McKerrow shared this:
— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 28, 2018
The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun, and reports are that The Baltimore Sun newspaper buildings are also being evacuated.
A reporter at The Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis, says that multiple people had been shot. Davis also says in dispatches that the gunman shot through a glass window to gain access and begin to shoot multiple people.
“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”
The Capital Gazette building is about five miles from the Annapolis Naval Academy.
Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis. I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and @MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD. Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community. https://t.co/bI6PdUjHfh
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 28, 2018
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately politicized the event:
Praying for everyone injured & the families of those lost in today’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Congress has a responsibility to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 28, 2018
Update: 4:08 pm – Sherriff Bateman reports multiple injuries but does not discuss casualties.
Update: 4:40pm – Police response was within 60 seconds to first notice; There are five confirmed fatalities