At least five people have been killed after a gunman opened fire in a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland.
“There are five fatalities and several others gravely injured,” said Anne Arundel police department Acting Chief William Frank, some of those injured were believed to be in critical condition.
Four of the victims dies at the scene in the office, with one dying later in hospital, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.
Police rushed to the scene at the offices of local newspaper The Capital within a minute of being called and engaged with the suspect. The alleged shooter, identified as a white adult male, was found under a desk with a weapon nearby and taken into custody for questioning.
A suspected explosive device was found in the offices, according to police, but was “taken care of”.
Phil Davis, a reporter at the The Capital – which also publishes sister publication the Maryland Gazette – said that multiple people had been shot in the newsroom.
Mr Davis tweeted that the “gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.”
“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” Mr Davis added.
Lt. Ryan Frashure, of the Anne Arundel County police department said that officials “anticipate this being a very long investigation”.
“At this point we’re still talking to the individual [suspect] and trying to figure out the motive,” Mr Frashure added.
Local news reports showed people walking out of the building with their hands up, police said 170 people were evacuated from the building.
A relocation checkpoint has been established for those separated during the incident at the nearby Lord & Taylor’s in the Annapolis Mall.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore said they were responding to the incident.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident from aboard Air Force One, returning to Washington from an event in Wisconsin.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” he wrote. “Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”