NYPD Dispatches Responders to Local Media Outlets

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Media outlets across New York City are seeing a beefed up police presence in the wake of the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, Md.

“We are monitoring the reports from #Annapolis and have deployed counterterrorism teams to media organizations around New York City,” the NYPD tweeted out around 5 p.m. Thursday.

WABC anchor Bill Ritter tweeted a photo of NYPD cruisers sitting outside the ABC flagship headquarters on New York City’s Upper West Side.

WCBS anchor Alice Gainer posted a photo of police standing outside the CBS Broadcast center.

“Right now: 4 NYPD officers stationed outside @nytimes headquarters as a precaution after newsroom shooting in Maryland #nbc4ny,” said WNBC reporter Michael George.

Five people were killed in the shooting and others critically injured after a gunman entered the newspaper newsroom in Annapolis today.

The suspect is in custody.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ national president Rebecca Baker issued this statement: “SPJ is deeply saddened by the reports from Annapolis, Maryland, that a shooter entered the Annapolis Capital Gazette building and shot several people. Our hearts go out to the victims and their family, friends and colleagues. We are ready to help in any way we can.”