Thursday, June 28, 2018

Five Dead, Others ‘Gravely Injured’ in Maryland Newspaper Shooting

So help me God if the NRA tells me I need to arm myself with more than my sharp tongue. This is the first time I've actually hoped this is the work of a disgruntled employee -- because I can't even begin to deal with the prospect that it's some loon following the right's instructions.

The Baltimore Sun reports:
At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.

A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used.

Police said a “long gun” was used in the incident. They said officers did not exchange gunfire with the suspect, who was now being interrogated. They said officers had recovered what appeared to be an “explosive device,” and had “tactically secured” the building. About 170 people were inside at the time of the shooting, police said.

Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said multiple people were shot, as others — himself included — hid under their desks. He said there was a lone male gunman.

“Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad,” Davis wrote on Twitter as he waited to be interviewed by police.

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

In a subsequent interview, Davis said it “was like a war zone” inside the newspaper’s offices — a situation that would be “hard to describe for a while.”
(The gunman is reportedly a white man, which explains why he wasn't killed on the spot.)


northalabama said...

the gunman wasn't killed on site? must've been white.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

YES. Thank you for pointing that out.