4 Dead, 20+ Wounded as Gunman Opens Fire at Newspaper Headquarters

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Multiple people have been shot in a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper building. The incident Thursday afternoon broke out in the newsroom and has left four confirmed dead and more than twenty others wounded. The Maryland paper’s headquarters is swarmed with police officers as employees of the paper are being cleared from the building.

One of those shot was John McNamara, a Gazette reporter. It is unclear at this point if he was killed or just wounded.

“An intern with the Capital Gazette, Anthony Messenger, tweeted there was an ‘active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us’, The Daily Mail writes.


Police have confirmed the initial speculation that four were killed and 20 others injured in the shooting. No word yet on who is responsible, or the motive.

Staff of the paper are being moved out and are gathering in a Lord & Taylor store to be reunited with family.

Rumors from the scene, and observations of police movements, indicate that the shooter is in custody and that the immediate threat has passed. Yet Lt. Ryan Frashure, a spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, told CNN that they cannot confirm arrests.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to get people out safe and we’re trying to minimize the casualties.”

“And again, there’s a lot of factors that got into this. so there’s a lot of secondary things we have to look into also,” Frashure said. “Whether there’s any type — whether there is other shooters, there might be more than one, bombs, anything like that, so there’s a variety of things we have to go through.”

“The Gazette is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which is owned by Tronc, inc. Police have also responded to check the Baltimore Sun newsrooms in the wake of the shooting,” Daily Mail notes.

“The Capital Gazette is a daily newspaper that serves the city of Annapolis, Maryland. It’s sister newspaper, The Maryland Gazette, is one of the oldest American newspapers.”