Five dead, several injured in Maryland shooting

29 June 2018

Five dead, several injured in Maryland shooting

Five people are dead and several others injured after a gunman opened fire in a local newspaper’s newsroom in Maryland’s capital Annapolis on Thursday (local time), according to police.

The suspect, a white male believed to be in his late 30s, shot through The Capital Gazette’s glass entrance with a shotgun before opening fire on the paper’s staff.

Local police say the suspect was apprehended after respondents found him hiding under a desk and have dismissed any concerns the event may be terror-related.

The alleged perpetrator was not carrying any form of identification and sources say he mutilated his fingertips, preventing him from being identified easily.

Anne Arundel County police spokesperson, Lieutenant Ryan Frashure, said an explosive device was found in the building, and a source cited by ABC said smoke bombs and flashbangs were found in the suspect’s backpack.

No motive has been determined as of yet and the suspect is not responding police questions.

Security measures have been bolstered at news outlets around the US as result.