NYPD Dispatches Cops To Media Organizations After Deadly Maryland Newspaper Shootings

The NYPD has dispatched police officers to several media organizations in New York City as a precaution following the deadly mass shootings at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, according to NBC New York.

At least four cops have been posted outside the headquarters of The New York Times, the station reports.

The deployment did not come as a result of any specific threat, police said.

“These deployments are not based on specific threat information, but rather out of an abundance of caution until we learn more about the suspect and motives behind the Maryland shooting,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller. “It has become a standard practice to shift resources strategically during active shooter or terrorist events.”–NBCNewYork

Five people were killed when a gunman fired shots at employees through a glass window at the paper’s offices. Others are reportedly seriously hurt.

Police did not offer a motive, but a suspect is in custody. That individual has been described as “uncooperative”–and has reportedly damaged his fingers in order to prevent a positive fingerprint ID of his identity.

New York City is home to many of the nation’s largest media organizations.


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