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Recent exercise, police relationships factors in Capital Gazette response

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What happened: At 2:34 p.m., on June 28, the Anne Arundel County (Md.) 911 center began receiving 911 calls for a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette Newspaper, an affiliate of the Baltimore Sun, just outside the city of Annapolis. Police officers arrived within 60 seconds of the initial dispatch, with standard fire and EMS units also responding.

A 38-year-old gunman with a long-standing vendetta with the newspaper entered and opened fire inside the newspaper offices. Five newspaper employees were killed and several others received varying degrees of injury. Police officers were able to quickly locate and take the suspect into custody – without further incident.

Setting the scene

The Capital Gazette offices are located close to the Annapolis Mall, just outside the city of Annapolis border in Anne Arundel County. The location is approximately 35 miles east of Washington, D.C., and 35 miles south of Baltimore, Md.

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