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Police Release Details on the Firearm Used in Newspaper Office Shooting

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Early reports out of the Gazette newspaper shooting are saying that the shooter used a shotgun to kill four people and wound more than twenty others. As of 3:30 Thursday afternoon, a suspect was officially in custody. While it is still too early to pin down the motive, the update on the shotgun provides more insight into the type of injuries the victims will have sustained.

“Police said a ‘long gun’ was used in the incident. They said officers did not exchange gunfire with the suspect, who was now being interrogated. They said officers had recovered what appeared to be an ‘explosive device,’ and had ‘tactically secured’ the building. About 170 people were inside at the time of the shooting,” The Capital Gazette reports.

Phil Davis, who reports on courts and crime reporter for the Gazette, was on scene when the shooting occurred and tweeted out an account of the horror as he was waiting to be interviewed by police.

“A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,” he tweeted.

“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.”

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”

Initial reports about Davis’s tweets suggested they were coming out live, during the shooting. He quickly corrected that impression.

Police have acknowledged  that the shooter is a white adult male.

“We’re doing everything we can to secure that building,” Lt. Ryan Frashure of the Anne Arundel County Police told reporters.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan offered his condolences, noting that he was “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.”