As it happened: Mass shooting at Maryland's Capital Gazette newspaper building

A gun.
A gun. Photo credit: Getty

There are reports a mass shooting at a US newspaper has left several people dead.

A suspect has been apprehended and local police have confirmed five people have been killed.

The Baltimore Sun said there have been multiple people shot at its subsidary - the Capital Gazette in Maryland.

The shooting comes just months after a gunman opened fire at a Maryland high school in March.

Since September 2017 there have been multiple other shootings including two at high schools and an attack on a concert at Las Vegas.

These live updates have now ended.

10:16am - Capital Gazette editor speaks out

Jimmy DeButts wrote on Twitter he's devastated by the shooting.

"Devastated & heartbroken. Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews," he said.

"I’m in no position to speak, just know [Capital Gazette] reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays - just a passion for telling stories from our community."

9:58am - Possible explosive found

Deputy Chief William Krampf told local media what may be an explosive device has been recovered and the bomb squad is on the scene.

"We did recover what we thought may have been an explosive device. That has been taken care of," he said.

Criminal investigators are now moving in on the scene and trying to understand what happened.

The shooter has been described as a white male.

9:24am - Law enforcement reportedly sent to other media organisations

Guardian journalist Jon Swaine says NYPD officers are being sent to major media organisations in the city following the Maryland shooting. 

9:09am - Donald Trump acknowledges shooting

President Donald Trump has tweeted to say his "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims and their families.

"Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland," he said.

"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."

8:54am - Reporter tweets about experience

A reporter who works at the Capital Gazette said on Twitter the experience was terrifying.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," wrote Phil Davis.