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5 killed in US newspaper office shooting

June 29, 2018 08:33

Five people were killed and several others 'gravely injured' after a shootout at a newspaper office in the United States city of Annapolis.

Officials said the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper was carried out by a white adult male resident of Maryland State who was being questioned in custody.

According to Anne Arundel County police, the people inside the newspaper office were evacuated from the building and an investigation on the same has been launched.

Anne Arundel County acting police chief William Krampf confirmed the five deaths at a conference later.

Furthermore, Anne Arundel County police Lt. Ryan Frashure said investigators are interviewing the suspect on the motive of the attack.

He added that the area surrounding the Capital Gazette building was now absolutely secure.

Capital Gazette editor Jimmy DeButts tweeted that he was "devastated & heartbroken. 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," DeButts wrote.

US President Donald Trump, who is in Wisconsin attending a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Foxconn factory, expressed his condolences over the death of five people and thanked the "first responders" for responding to the incident quickly.

"Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene," Trump tweeted.

Image: Emergency response vehicles drive near a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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