ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Five people have been killed and several others "gravely" injured in a shooting a daily newspaper in Maryland, police officials confirm.

  • Several dead after shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis
  • Staff reporter at newspaper tweeted from the newsroom
  • Maryland governor: 'Praying for those at the scene'

Police in Anne Arundel County said during a news conference that several people had died and several others were injured. The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis reported that the people who were hurt were "gravely injured."

Officials identified the five people killed late Thursday evening as Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, and John McNamara.

A person was in custody and was being questioned, the official said.

The website of the Capital Gazette said a crime reporter said there was a shooter in the building and that several had been shot.

"There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," Phil Davis wrote on Twitter, the Capital Gazette reported.

A law enforcement official said the shooting happened in the paper's newsroom and that one person was in custody, CNN reported.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they reported to a "shooting incident" at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

The Capital Gazette said police were also at the Baltimore Sun newsroom. Both papers are owned by media publisher Tronc Inc., which also owns the Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and the New York Daily News.

Anne Arundel Police in a tweet confirmed they were investigating an active shooter and that a building at 888 Bestgate Road in Annapolis had been evacuated. Authorities have set up a meetup point at a nearby mall.

I'm "absolutely devastated to learn of this tragedy in Annapolis," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a tweet. "Praying for those at the scene and for our community."

Check back for updates on the developing story.