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5 dead, multiple injured in U.S. newspaper shooting, suspect in custody

5 dead, multiple injured in U.S. newspaper shooting, suspect in custody

Police say five people have been killed and several others were "gravely injured" in a shooting at a building housing a Maryland newspaper.

"We've had a bad shooting incident here this afternoon", county executive Steve Schuh said in a news conference.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene but was not cooperating with investigators, police said. Officers arrived at the scene within 60 seconds, police officials said. It happened at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where the employees work under the corporate umbrella of Tronc, the media company that owns the Chicago Tribune and many other properties. The shooter was surrounded by police, he told the Sun. He said in an interview that while he writes about shootings and death "all the time", it's impossible to know how traumatizing it is to go through such a tragedy "until you're there".

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also confirmed it was responding to reports of an active shooter at the newspaper's offices. One hundred seventy people were safely evacuated from the building, which houses several businesses in addition to the newspaper. Authorities said a reunification location was being established at the Lord & Taylor at the Westfield Annapolis Mall.

Authorities said the attacker entered the building and "looked for his victims". "Thank you to all of the First Responders who are now on the scene", Trump said in a tweet.

The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, wrote on Twitter he was "devastated" upon hearing about the incident.

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Police also went to the offices of the Baltimore Sun as a precaution, that paper reported.

The suspect initially refused to cooperate, a law enforcement source said.

Phil Davis, who identified himself as a courts and crime reporter at the Capital Gazette, which runs multiple newspapers in its Annapolis office, tweeted that multiple people had been shot.

Capital Gazette Communications' staff includes three people on the executive staff as well as seven editors, according to CapitalGazette.com.

Correction: The newspaper offices were initially identified as the offices of the Capital Gazette.

The shooting - which came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the "fake news media" from politicians and including President Donald Trump - prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation's media capital.