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This is terrible news, by any account.

At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.

A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used.

Anne Arundel County Police initially confirmed about 3:15 p.m. that they were responding to an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

This story by a Sun reporter (obviously) though run at the Gazette site. Few details at this point. I’ve heard it was a shotgun; nothing about the shooter. These things tend to change. It’s bad enough it happened at all, driven home for me the more as an attack on the media.

None of anti-GC quips today. Just this: Most of you know by now that, sarcasm aside, I never blame these things on violent video games. Yet, there is a tangential relationship in this case, at least as it was first reported to me. I took a snapshot of the Gazette story including the displayed video ad. Take a look:

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Demon-eyed freak levels gun at the camera on a story about a real freak leveling a gun at a paper. “Learn more.” More coincidence than bad taste surely. And interesting.

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