Krampf said at a later news conference that police recovered what they believed may have been an explosive device, but it had been “taken care of.” Whether the device was an explosive has not been confirmed, and Krampf said he did not expect to find any more devices.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter that he was “absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis.”
“It’s a tragic situation, but there was some very brave people that came in and kept it from being worse,” Hogan said at a news conference, referring to the police response.
Police departments in New York City and Chicago said they were monitoring developments and would be checking in or deploying resources to media outlets.
The New York Police Department said it had deployed counterterrorism teams to media organizations around the city as a precaution.
“These deployments are not based on specific threat information, but rather out of an abundance of caution until we learn more about the suspect and motives behind the Maryland shooting,” the NYPD said.
Tronc Inc., the company that owns The Baltimore Sun, said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened today by the attack in our Capital-Gazette newsroom.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Chairman and CEO Justin Dearborn said. “We are focused now on providing our employees and their families with support during this tragic time. We commend the police and first responders for their quick response.”
Noah Turner, an Annapolis resident, said he was nearby when the shooting occurred and saw two police SWAT vehicles and around 10 police cars heading to the scene. “It’s crazy,” Turner said.
“I’ve never seen so many police cars in my life,” he said. “You would not ever think it would happen here.”
Chase Cook, a reporter at the Capital Gazette, said on Twitter, “I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.”
CORRECTION (June 28, 5:20 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of a police lieutenant for Anne Arundel County. He is Ryan Frashure, not Frazier.