Statement on the Capital Gazette shooting

I am devastated by the violent events that took place at The Capital Gazette. Annapolis is a closely knit community and this tragedy is heart wrenching.

Over the years, I’ve known many reporters at The Capital Gazette. I’ve always admired their commitment and service to our community, along with their outstanding professionalism.

At this difficult time, we must focus all of our energy and resources on helping the victims and their families. To that end, any member of our community who needs help or who is seeking information about the incident should call the Anne Arundel County Crisis ‘Community Warmline’ at (410) 768-5522.

Lastly, we have to praise our first responders. They immediately reacted to the situation and prevented an even greater tragedy from occurring. They deserve our enduring thanks and our deep appreciation.