Five people have died and several are injured following an active shooter situation in an Annapolis building that housed the Capital Gazette and several other businesses.
The news of the active shooting incident started an outpour of support and concern from National and local State officials.
President Donal Trump weighed in on the tragedy via Twitter saying:
"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."
Vice President Mike Pence also shared his thoughts on the situation:
"Just arrived in Guatemala. We are monitoring the horrific shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Karen & I are praying for the victims and their families. We commend the swift action by law enforcement and all the first responders on the scene."
The MDDC Press Association shared a statement:
"On behalf of the members of the MDDC Press Association: Today, friends, colleagues and courageous journalists were shot at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Our hearts go out to the families and to the victims and we stand ready to help members of our fellow newsroom in any way. The Capital Gazette is a critical part of the community in Annapolis and in our Association. We stand firmly with them and grieve their losses."
Statement from Governor Larry Hogan:
"We are terribly saddened by the loss of five members of our community in today's heinous shooting. The First Lady and I are praying for the victims, those who were injured, and their families, friends, and loved ones in this time of tragedy."
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto also released a statement on the tragedy:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the horrific shooting at Capital Gazette Newspapers today, and especially those who tragically lost their lives. Capital Gazette employees have passionately dedicated themselves to the delivery of high-quality community journalism, including coverage of our school system, that impacts everyone in Anne Arundel County. We grieve with them and their loved ones.”
Democratic nominee for governor, Ben Jealous shared a statement on the incident:
“I'm deeply saddened about the unfolding events in Annapolis,” Jealous said. “As we await more information from the authorities, I'm keeping everyone at The Capital Gazette and the surrounding community in my thoughts and prayers. I’m grateful to our law enforcement for their efforts to respond to this crisis and ensure the safety of Marylanders in the area.”
According to employees of the Capital Gazette, they will put out a paper for Capital Friday amid the shooting incident.
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