A Maryland sheriff confirmed multiple fatalities after a gunman opened fire in the Annapolis Capital-Gazette offices.
Five people died, according to the latest reports, with several others "gravely injured."
Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman tells Shepard Smith that a suspect has been apprehended at the newspaper's office, located on Bestgate Road, off Defense Highway in Parole, Maryland, a Fox affiliate reported.
"We're doing the best we can. We're doing everything we can to get people out safe and we're trying to minimize the casualties," Lt. Ryan Frashure, a spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, tells CNN affiliate WJLA.
"And again, there are a lot of factors that got into this. so there are a lot of secondary things we have to look into also," Frashure says. "Whether there's any type—whether there are other shooters, there might be more than one, bombs, anything like that, so there's a variety of things we have to go through."
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted:
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
Evangelist Franklin Graham tweeted:
All the details are not yet known, but pray for those impacted by this shooting at a newspaper office in Annapolis, MD. https://t.co/tvFKEYkms7— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 28, 2018
Phil Davis, a reporter for the Capital-Gazette tweeted:
There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018
Like Graham, social media users immediately began calling for prayers:
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
What happened in Annapolis is the worst nightmare of every journalist. None of our newsrooms are equipped to fend off an attack. We belong to the communities we serve. We can't be fortresses. Praying that as many people as possible make it out alive.— Emily Opilo (@emilyopilo) June 28, 2018
My thoughts and prayers with our friends and colleagues in Annapolis. An unbelievable tragedy.— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) June 28, 2018
All the details are not yet known, but pray for those impacted by this shooting at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. https://t.co/6uUOQkaACm— Nicole McCormick (@tvgurl) June 28, 2018
Praying for my city of Annapolis right now https://t.co/PksajbbQKB— Sam Eck (@sseckss) June 28, 2018
ASKING ALL #PrayerWarriors to be on your knees through this horrible and evil shooting. ❤ prayers & commitment to keep these prayers going.— ❤#MAGA #Trump The #FakeNews #WWG1WGA #QAnon ☀️ (@EdensVision) June 28, 2018
I join you in prayer.— Super Elite Katherine Byrd (@peaceandjoy101) June 28, 2018
I pray really hard for these people. All of us. God be with us all.— Kelly Wolf (@KellyWo_iamreal) June 28, 2018
Calling out to Jesus. Thank you Frank— ✝ (@MissTree18) June 28, 2018
God have mercy! We cry out to God for help in this time of great grief and confusion! Prayers!— Dian Riggars (@DianRigs) June 28, 2018
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