The New York City Police Department said Thursday it sent officers to major news outlets in the city after five people died in a shooting in the newsroom of a newspaper in Maryland.
Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller confirmed news reports that counterterrorism teams were being sent to the local newsrooms "out of an abundance of caution."
He said in statement the department's move was not "based on a specific threat or information."
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith reported: "We've been informed by the New York City Police Department that NYPD is now moving personnel out of an abundance of caution to the headquarters of all the major news media outlets in our city.
"I can't begin to count how many there are.
"Every major network is located here: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC," Smith said. "We have eight local television stations, which do local news, and multitude of others.
"The New York City Police Department now mobilizing personnel out of caution to the headquarters of all major news outlets in America's largest city," he reiterated.
In addition, Jon Swaine, senior reporter for The Guardian, also tweeted NYPD officials had confirmed the action:
Anne Arundel County Police said five people were killed and several others were "gravely injured" in the attack at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland's capital city.
"There are several people who have died from this incident," Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told reporters. "Several others are injured."
Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said a suspect was in custody and was being interviewed.
A Gazette staffer, Phil Davis, who covers business and politics, tweeted the gunman shot through the glass door to the newsroom and fired on multiple employees:
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