Deadly shooting at Maryland newspaper

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Brian Ries, CNN
5:17 p.m. ET, June 29, 2018
7:31 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Melania Trump calls shooting "tragic" and "evil"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

 

First lady Melania Trump, returning from Arizona, has tweeted about the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, saying it was "tragic" and "evil."

Some background: Trump was in Arizona to “learn and educate herself” about issues at the border.

She met with US Marshals, border patrol agents and ICE agents. The first lady also visited small children and babies at a facility.

7:24 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Sarah Sanders: An attack on "journalists doing their job is an attack on every American"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denounced the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, tonight, saying an attack on "journalists doing their job is an attack on every American."

She tweeted:

7:16 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Suspect's fingerprints appear to have been altered, sources say

From CNN's Evan Perez and Josh Campbell

The suspect’s fingerprints appear to have been altered, making it difficult to identify him that way, two law enforcement sources said.

The suspect was identified using facial recognition software, according to one law enforcement source.

7:10 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Maryland governor: "There is no place in our society for this kind of hatred and violence"

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks during a press conference following a shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, June 28, 2018.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan just released a statement about today's shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

"We are terribly saddened by the loss of five members of our community in today's heinous shooting," Hogan said.

He thanked first responders who arrived at the scene within moments of the shooting.

Hogan also spoke about the newspaper and the journalists who work there.

"The Capital Gazette is my hometown paper, and I have the greatest respect for the fine journalists, and all the men and women, who work there," he said. "They serve each day to shine light on the world around us so that we might see with more clarity and greater understanding."

“There is no place in our society for this kind of hatred and violence, and the individual responsible for this horrendous crime must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
6:55 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Witness describes frantic moments after the shooting

From CNN’s Hollie Silverman

Police respond to a shooting on June 28, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland.

An employee on lockdown in a nearby building during a shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, described the frantic moments that unfolded at the scene.

Daria McMiller, who works as an administrative assistant in a building next to the Capital Gazette building, said responding officers “were hustling." 

“Some of them were still in civilian clothes and they were pulling their vests on as they ran towards the building," she said.

McMiller said she and her coworkers didn’t hear any shots, but they did hear police yelling. They saw police, FBI, state troopers and SWAT respond to the scene. She said they weren’t getting any information, but were able to call their loved ones as they waited.

McMiller, a US Marine who is no longer active duty, said her first thoughts were “just to keep my coworkers safe, keep everybody inside and quiet.

"I didn’t even think about how stressful this was until we were all sitting around," she said.

6:53 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

This is a day many journalists have feared for a long time

Analysis from CNN's Brian Stelter

Police respond to a shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, June 28, 2018.

Right now we don't know if this newsroom was targeted or not, but we know that four of the five people who died were pronounced dead in the newspaper office. The fifth person died at the hospital.

Threats against journalists have been on the rise in recent years. Press freedom groups have also reported an uptick in physical assaults on journalists, particularly at campaign events and other political venues.

But, thankfully, murders of journalists are very rare. That's one of the reasons why this day is so shocking. In some ways, it harkens back to the WDBJ shooting in Virginia in 2015, when two members of a TV news crew were attacked and killed by an ex-employee while on live TV.

In the wake of that attack, and the general rise in threats, many newsrooms have stepped up emergency drills and taken other measures to increase security. But newsrooms are inherently open and journalists strive to be accessible. Some sick person exploited that openness today.

6:55 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

2 victims taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center

Two people injured in the shooting at the Capital Gazette were transported with minor injuries to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, hospital spokesperson Loren Farquahr said.

The victims did not suffer gunshot wounds, and one was released from the hospital, Farquahr said. The other patient is expected to be released this evening.

A third person from the Capital Gazette shooting was transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, hospital spokesperson Lisa Clough said. There is no further information on the victim's condition or injuries.

6:11 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Suspect was found hiding under a desk in building, official says

Police found the suspect in today's shooting hiding under a desk in the building, said Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel county executive.

The suspect's weapon was on the ground, and "not in his immediate proximity," he said.

He told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that authorities have a name on the gunman but are not able to confirm it. 

Schuh said he doesn't know if the newspaper was the target of today's shooting.

When law enforcement officials entered the building, they found a package or carrying device, which contained a flammable liquid, on the ground, he said.

Schuh said the shooting doesn't appear to be well-planned.

"It looks like it was amateur hour. But even amateurs can cause a lot of damage in the absence of excellence response by law enforcement. We fortunately had that in this instance," he said.

5:55 p.m. ET, June 28, 2018

Maryland congressman: "My deepest condolences to the dedicated editors, reporters, and staff"

From CNN's Ashley Killough

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House and longtime congressman from Maryland, said he is "heartbroken" following today's shooting.

"I have known the hardworking staff of the Capital Gazette for many years, and I extend my deepest condolences to the dedicated editors, reporters, and staff," he said in a statement.

Read the full statement: