At least 5 people are reported to be dead and several others injured in a shooting incident which took place in a newsroom of Capital Gazette newspaper in US city of Annapolis, Maryland which is situated at a distance of just one hour from Washington DC. According to reports, around 6 people were shot at in the newspaper office on Thursday afternoon in US. Reports say that out of those who have been targeted, 4 have been rushed to the nearby hospital and are said to be in critical stage. Meanwhile, according to local media reports, at least one suspect has been detained by the police is in its custody presently. However, at the moment it is not confirmed whether there were multiple shooters who targeted civilians in the building housing the Capital Gazette newspaper.
Going by the reports, the news about the shooting incident at the Capital Gazette went viral when a courts and crime reported at the newspaper office in Annapolis started tweeting about the attack while it was taking place. In a number of tweets, Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis was reporting breaking news on Twitter of an attack in his own office. The first tweet sent out by Phil Davis was, “A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead.” And this was his second tweet, “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.”
He then went on saying in a series of tweets, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.” a few minutes later, when the police intervened, the reporter said, “I’m currently waiting to be interviewed by police, so I’m safe and no longer at the office.”
However, after a little while, Phil Davis further said, “Ok, I was not tweeting from under my desk. I was already safe when I started tweeting.”
Speaking on the shootout at the Capital Gazette office, Arundel County police which has arrested one suspect in the case said that they were still interrogating the alleged shooter and were trying to find out the motive, aim behind this attack. Following the incident, the entire building housing the newspaper office have been evacuated and a heavy police presence is now monitoring the area. The building is located in the 800 block of Bestgate Road.