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Md. Gov. Hogan, Trump react to Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis

Footage from the NBC Washington news chopper over the scene of a shooting at the Capital Gazette communications building, 888 Bestgate Road, in Annapolis, Md. (NBC Washington)

WASHINGTON — Across Maryland and the U.S., officials shared their grief, sympathy and horror on social media over the news of Thursday afternoon’s Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis.

Five were reported dead; the suspected shooter is in custody.

As the news broke, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated” by the attack.

And, during a news conference near the crime scene later, Hogan credited first responders for arriving quickly.

“I want to praise the local officials who responded so well and perhaps saved other people’s lives by getting there while the thing was taking place and apprehending the suspect,” Hogan said.

In a statement, Hogan commented that “there is no place in our society for this kind of hatred and violence, and the individual responsible for this horrendous crime must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

President Donald Trump, too, thanked first responders and offered his thoughts and prayers.

First lady Melania Trump called the shooting “tragic and evil.”

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., tweeted encouraging words to Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis’s haunting account of the attack, after sharing his own words of sympathy.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., tweeted, “My heart is with Capital Gazette and the people of Annapolis right now.”

Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat who represents Maryland’s 3rd District in the U.S. Congress, was “deeply saddened” by reports.

Other lawmakers, from U.S. senators on Capitol Hill to Maryland state senators, also shared their reactions.

Ben Jealous, who will face Hogan in the 2018 race for Maryland governor, expressed his sympathies as well.

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis also tweeted their condolences.

WTOP’s Sarah Beth Hensley contributed to this report.


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