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Annapolis newsroom shooting leaves 5 people dead

Posted: Updated: -- The man suspected of opening fire at the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, killing at least five people, was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Described as a man in his mid-30s, Ramos was taken into custody after he allegedly shot journalists and other employees of the Annapolis-area newspaper.

Ramos reportedly had a history with the Capital Gazette, as reports said he sued one of the paper's former reporters and a former publisher for defamation in 2012. 

Investigators had trouble identifying the suspect via his fingerprints because his fingers were mutilated, Fox News has learned.

It was not immediately clear whether he self-mutiliated his fingertips to avoid being identified, if he sustained injuries during the shooting or if he had longstanding injuries.

A possible motive was unclear.

Authorities were called to the scene at Bestgate Road around 2:40 p.m. following word of an active shooter, Anne Arundel County Police Lt. Ryan Frashure told reporters. An investigation is underway but "at this point we believe that it is one suspect," he said.

Police earlier confirmed on Twitter it was an "active shooter" situation and that the building had been "evacuated." 

"Officers continuing to search building," the tweet continued.

The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis newspaper, says a reporter told them of the shooting.

Phil Davis, who says he's a reporter for the newspaper, tweeted throughout the incident and said "a single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead."

"Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees," he said. "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore said they are responding to the incident. The FBI is also sending assets to the scene from Baltimore, Fox News confirmed.

According to WJLA, citing sources, a shotgun was involved in the incident.

Video shared by Fox 5 DC showed a line of people with their hands in the air being evacuated from the area.

President Trump, as well as the first lady, have been briefed on the shooting, White House officials confirmed. White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said "our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he was "absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis." 

"I am in contact with County Executive Steve Schuh, and @MDSP is on the scene assisting @AACOPD," he continued. "Please, heed all warnings and stay away from the area. Praying for those at the scene and for our community."

Anthony Messenger, who said he is an intern at the paper, earlier tweeted, "Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us."

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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