Monday 23 July 2018

Five killed as gunman opens fire on staff at local newspaper in US

Police respond to the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police respond to the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Samantha Herbert and Ben Riley-Smith in Washington

At least five people were killed and several more "gravely injured" after a gunman opened fire at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland.

An eye-witness said the attacker started shooting through a glass door to the newsroom of 'Capital Gazette' which publishes one of America's oldest newspapers.

Police arrived at the scene within around 60 seconds and intercepted the gunman. There was no exchange of gun fire with officers.

The shooter was a white man who used a gun with a "long" barrel, police confirmed. Several US media outlets reported a shotgun was used.

The suspect was taken alive and was being interrogated by police last night. Police initially declined to identify him or say publicly what may have been his motive.

A suspected bomb was found at the scene and was taken away by explosive experts. Around 170 people were safely evacuated from the building.

officers patrol the area after the attack. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
officers patrol the area after the attack. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Witnesses inside the 'Capital Gazette' newsroom when the shooting happened revealed the horror of the attack shortly after it took place.

Phil Davis, identified as a courts and crime reporter for the paper on Twitter, posted a series of messages describing what he had seen.

"A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead. Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees," he tweeted.

"Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.

"I'm currently waiting to be interviewed by police, so I'm safe and no longer at the office."

Law enforcement in Baltimore and New York City posted armed officers outside major media outlets as a precaution, authorities said.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident.

He was on his way back to Washington from an event in Wisconsin on Air Force One yesterday afternoon.

Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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