Five people were killed and several other were injured after shots rang off in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom Thursday afternoon.
The shooter has reportedly been identified as as Jarrod Warren Ramos, a white male reportedly in his 30’s, who has had past issues with the Capital-Gazette. Ramos allegedly entered the newsroom with a shotgun, shooting through a glass door at the newspaper’s headquarters and opening fire on employees.
Ramos was also armed with fake grenades, smoke bombs and flash bang devices in his backpack, which were found on him after he was arrested, CBS News reported.
According to reports, an intern was the first to alert social media about the shooting, sending out a tweet with the address saying, “Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us.”
Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us
— Anthony Messenger (@amesscapgaz) June 28, 2018
BREAKING: Report: Multiple people shot at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 28, 2018
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is reportedly on scene working with police to investigate the ongoing situation.
BREAKING: ATF Baltimore is responding to a shooting incident at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. pic.twitter.com/GQ1bMAejzQ
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) June 28, 2018
The community services editor of the Capital Gazette has issued a statement on the newsroom shooting that left at least five dead and several injured. https://t.co/6gHhXWA95v pic.twitter.com/S7YNV6Y33F
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 28, 2018
#update confirming active shooter at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Building evacuated. Officers continuing to search building. Relocation point is inside Lord and Taylor in the mall.
— Anne Arundel Police (@AACOPD) June 28, 2018
Active Shooter: 888 Bestgate Road #Annapolis. Media staging area is 839 Bestgate Road.
— Lt. Ryan Frashure (@AACOPD_PIO) June 28, 2018
— Joe Galli (@JoeGalliNews) June 28, 2018
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.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
Here’s another unconfirmed report of an an active shooter at The Capital’s newsroom in Annapolis. — at least four victims, says this police report. https://t.co/AYqFLVohqf
— Erin Cox (@ErinatTheSun) June 28, 2018
Maryland Law Enforcement Official announces 5 fatalities in #CapitalGazette shooting.
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) June 28, 2018
The Baltimore Sun, a parent company, was also being searched for possible threats, according to early reports.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted out a response to the shooting, shortly after the news broke, saying he was “Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy.”
Absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis. I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and @MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD. Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community. https://t.co/bI6PdUjHfh
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 28, 2018
President Donald Trump responded to the news, saying his “thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
Ramos was reportedly found hiding under a desk in the newsroom after he allegedly killed five and injured others. (RELATED: Police: Maryland High School On Lockdown, Shots Fired)
Police have not yet confirmed Ramos’ motive, but he is said to have filed a defamation claim in 2012 against the paper, but the case was dismissed.
(This post is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.)