At least five people are confirmed dead and more injured following this afternoon’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Details are gradually emerging about the shooting suspect:
UPDATE: Suspect in Maryland newspaper office shooting is white adult male using long gun – police https://t.co/ynrm8iry9k
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 28, 2018
#BREAKING: CBS News reporting law enforcement sources found flash bang grenades and smoke bombs in backpack belonging to newspaper office mass shooting suspect.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 28, 2018
The suspect in the Capital Gazette shooting is “a white adult male and the gun that was used is described as a long gun.” Law enforcement also adds that they have no information about a motive at this time. https://t.co/nBW2GZECT6 pic.twitter.com/xu3xAdFsyY
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 28, 2018
But one particular detail is notable for its straight-up weirdness:
Tragic story takes a bizarre turn. https://t.co/u9HZL4lLE3
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) June 28, 2018
Wow, new info on suspect from law enforcement source to @CBSNews: HE DAMAGED HIS FINGER TIPS so law enforcement couldn't identify him from fingerprints.
— Steve Dorsey (@steve_dorsey) June 28, 2018
>>> A law enforcement source tells one of my CBS News colleagues that the Annapolis shooting suspect damaged his finger tips so law enforcement cannot identify him that way. That source says smoke bombs and flash bangs were found in a backpack.
— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) June 28, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 28, 2018
"… damaged his fingertips…" ??? https://t.co/BOmjRYwaZq
— Sister Toldjah ? (@sistertoldjah) June 28, 2018
What the hell….
— LaurieAnn ? (@mooshakins) June 28, 2018
This is the tradecraft of a committed sick freak https://t.co/sYynrHEznn
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) June 28, 2018
For what it’s worth, the suspect’s efforts to conceal his identity may have ultimately been in vain:
Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Shuh tells CNN’s Wolf Blizter that authorities have a name on the gunman but are not able to confirm it.
— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) June 28, 2018