A look at U.S. newsrooms becoming scenes of crimes

Posted at 6:05 PM, May 13, 2014
and last updated 2016-05-13 12:55:09-04

News organizations chase news, but sometimes the news arrives at the doorstep.

On Tuesday,  ABC2 News in Baltimore (WMAR-TV) was the latest newsroom to become a crime scene after a man rammed into the station’s building with a stolen Ford F550 truck.  He barricaded himself there for hours.

Here’s a look at other news organizations hit by odd circumstances or tragedy.


James Hoskins took over WCPO’s studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and held nine people hostage on Oct. 15, 1980.

WCPO reporter Elaine Green, 73, died May 5 after complications from surgery.

Green, 73, earned a Peabody Award for her interview with Hoskins as he held her at gunpoint.


After a long standoff, James J. Lee was shot and killed. He burst into the Discovery Channel headquarters, taking hostages and making demands from the station.

Lee, who was armed with explosive devices, had been sentenced to six months of supervised probation for disorderly conduct in March 2008.


Former Miami City and County Commissioner Art Teele shot himself in the Miami Herald lobby in 2005 in the middle of a scandal. Teele had been in contact with a Miami Herald columnist before the shooting. 


A man pulled a knife and stabbed two WIBW employees in Topeka, Kansas after breaking into the station’s lobby in 2012.

The man reportedly had a dispute with the station after being told the station could not help him with a problem.


Phoenix’s Kool-TV anchor Bill Close and camera man Louie Villa were held hostage for five hours after a gunman stormed the studio.

Close negotiated with the gunman on live TV. The gunman surrendered.