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Gunman kills five in US newspaper office

In this frame from video, people leave the Capital Gazette newspaper after multiple people have been shot yesterday in Annapolis
By Associated Press Reporter

Five people have been reported killed after a gunman opened fire  at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis newspaper, said a reporter told them of the shooting on Thursday afternoon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is responding to reports of the shooting.

Marc Limansky, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, said officers are searching the building in Annapolis where the shooting was reported.

He said the situation is "active and ongoing".

On TV reports, people could be seen leaving the building with their hands up, as police officers urged them to depart through a car park and officers converged on the building.

Phil Davis, a crime reporter at the newspaper, wrote in a post on Twitter cited by the Gazette “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.”

A suspect is in custody, News4 reported, citing sources. The police did not immediately confirm any arrest.

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