US: 5 killed in mass shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper
At least five people have been killed and at least another twenty have been injured during a mass shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper headquarters.
The shooter is in custody.
Phil Davis, a Gazette reporter, confirmed that multiple people had been shot.
John McNamara, who has worked for the Gazette and is the editor of the Bowie Blade-News and the Crofton-West County Gazette, has been confirmed among the shooting victims. It is not clear whether he was among the injured or fatalities.
An intern with the Capital Gazette, Anthony Messenger, tweeted there was an ‘active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us.’
The paper is owned by The Baltimore Sun, according to reports from Gazette staff.
Police were also at The Baltimore Sun newsroom in Baltimore.
Jimmy DeButts, the editor of the newspaper’s website, tweeted in the hours after the shooting that he was ‘devastated, heartbroken and numb’.
‘I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community,’ he tweeted.
‘We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, breaking news, tax hikes, school budgets & local entertainment.
‘We are there in times of tragedy. We do our best to share the stories of people, those who make our community better. Please understand, we do all this to serve our community.
‘We try to expose corruption. We fight to get access to public records & bring to light the inner workings of government despite major hurdles put in our way. The reporters & editors put their all into finding the truth. That is our mission. Will always be.’