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Capital Gazette reporter: One gunman shot multiple people

Journalist Phil Davis tweets about news attack in Annapolis, Maryland: “nothing is more terrifying than hearing multiple people shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the shooter reload.’

At least five people died in Maryland on Thursday, after a suspect opened fire in the vicinity of the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Anne Arundel County, as journalists covered the frightening scene in their building.

The suspect was arrested, Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News, but the local police confirmed the news of an “active shooter situation” on Twitter. The FBI’s Baltimore field office has responded to the scene.

‘MULTIPLE’ DEATHS, SUSPECT CAUGHT AFTER REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED OUTSIDE MARYLAND NEWSPAPER OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF SAYS

In the middle of the recording, journalists and people working for the local newspaper, continued to do their work.

Anthony Messenger, an intern for the news outlet, tweeted of an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate — the office of the official Gazette. “Help us,” Messenger wrote.

Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us

— Anthony Messenger (@amesscapgaz) June 28, 2018

Reporter Phil Davis tweeted more details of what happened in his editorial, writing: “A single gunman shot multiple people in my office, some of whom have died.”

A single gunman shot multiple people in my office, some of whom have died.

— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018

“Shooter shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on several employees,” he said. Davis said that he could not give a conclusive number of fatalities, “it’s bad.”

Shooter shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on several employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare that someone is dead, but it is bad.

— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018

He added, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the shooter reload.”

Nothing is more terrifying than hearing multiple people shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the shooter reload

— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018

Maryland Sen. Chris Of Dash responded to Davis ‘above tweet, writing that he” can’t imagine what you and the whole Capital Gazette team are going through at this time.

Phil, I can’t imagine what you and the whole Capital Gazette team are going through at this time. Journalists should not have to fend off the bullets in the newsroom while doing their jobs—this is not normal. To stay strong. https://t.co/hchUMIaMN1

— Chris Van Run (@ChrisVanHollen) June 28, 2018

“Journalists should not have to fend off the bullets in the newsroom while doing their jobs—this is not normal,” the Democratic senator tweeted. “To stay strong.”

Photojournalist Joshua McKerrow said that he was safe and not in the editorial staff during the recordings, and began to identify fellow journalists and staff who have been confirmed safe. He wrote that he is “Broken” and posted images from the scene.

Massive police response to shooting in my newsroom in Annapolis. @capgaznews pic.twitter.com/M1Bjwa0mMh

— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 28, 2018

The reaction of the police for the shooting in my newsroom. @capgaznews. pic.twitter.com/0O1LtlXdps

— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 28, 2018

Danielle Ohl, a news reporter on the paper, who tweeted that she was on vacation, said that one of her colleagues, “is in the hospital with an injury.” She has five other colleagues who are “ok”.

Another employee of the Gazette, Bill Wagner, tweeted that he was “okay” and was not in the newsroom at the time of the shooting.

To all my Twitter follows. I’m okay. Thank God I was not in the office when this terrible incident took place. However, many of my colleagues and friends are not good and that is just where my thoughts are now. Please do not attempt to contact me via sms or phone call.

— Bill Wagner (@BWagner_CapGaz) June 28, 2018

“However, many of my colleagues and friends are not good and that is just where my thoughts are now,” Wagner, who covers sports for the paper, tweeted.

An editor at the newspaper, Jimmy DeButts, stated on Twitter Thursday evening that the journalists working for the Capital Gazette “give them every day.”

“There are no 40 hours per week, no big paydays, a passion for telling stories from our community.]”

Devastated and heartbroken. Numb. Please Stop asking for information/interviews. I am not in the position to speak, only know @capgaznews journalists & editors to give everything they have every day. There are no 40 hours per week, no big paydays, a passion for telling stories from our communty.

— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018

“We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, news, tax increases and the budgets of schools and local entertainment,” DeButts said. “We are there in times of disaster. We do our best to share the stories of people, which our community better. Please understand, we do this to our community.”

We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, news, tax increases and the budgets of schools and local entertainment.

— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018

We are there in times of disaster. We do our best to share the stories of people, which our community better. Please understand, we do this to our community.

— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018

“We try to expose corruption. We fight to get access to public records and bring to light the inner workings of the government, in spite of the great obstacles in the way,” he said about the work of journalists do each day. “The journalists & editors their all in finding the truth. That is our mission. It will always be.”

We are trying to expose corruption. We fight to get access to public records and bring to light the inner workings of the government, despite the big problems in our way. The journalists & editors their all in finding the truth. That is our mission. It will always be.

— Jimmy DeButts (@jd3217) June 28, 2018

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah or send her an e-mail to nicole.darrah@foxnews.com.

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