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28th Jun 2018

Five killed in shooting at American newspaper

At least five people are dead at the offices of the Capital Gazette

Oli Dugmore

At least five people are dead at the offices of the Capital Gazette

At least five people have been killed by a gunman at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Maryland, USA on Thursday afternoon.

Police are on the scene at the newspaper offices in Annapolis.

A Capital Gazette reporter tweeted that the gunman opened fire on multiple people inside the building and stopped only to reload.

It is understood that the shooter has been arrested and a spokeswoman for Donald Trump said the president had been briefed on the shooting.

The NYPD dispatched police officers to other media offices around New York.

Anne Arundel Police Department’s acting chief William Krampf said: “It’s going to be quite a while determining occurred, why it occurred and how it occurred.

“We do have fatalities and we do have serious injuries. We also have many, many witnesses being interviewed.”

Police did not confirm the number of people killed but other emergency services are reporting four fatalities, according to Baltimore Metro News.

The authorities are yet to specify the weapon used but several federal agencies are involved, including the FBI.

Maryland governor Larry Hogan tweeted he was “absolutely devastated” by events at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom.