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Lieutenant Brian Fraser’s fr8 Shure director of media relations for the police department in the city of Annapolis was also instrumental in making sure that this case ended very quickly all the email information about fingerprints whatsoever so just to try to clarify that hopefully it’ll ease up some of the emails that are coming into us another quick update along with the 5 to see said have been already been identified we want to identify the two people that were injured I have been treated and released that’s Rachel pachella Rachel last name is pacella and Janet Cooley Janet Cooley and both our employees with the Capital Gazette as well with that I’ll turn it over to Chief house more good afternoon ladies and gentlemen I’m sorry to see you here today bear with me as I take my glasses off they get dark and I want you guys be able to see me but I probably can’t see you too well so I’ll ask you to bear with me I want to start today by offering this sincere condolences condolences of the Anne Arundel County Police Department to the Capital Gazette staph much like police local newspapers become a family and their family suffered unalterable tragedy yesterday most of the folks that work at the Capital Gazette work with us daily weekly and we know them it’s not only a loss for them I want them to know that it’s a lost for the in Arundel County Police Department and truly it’s an honorable loss for the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel so our hearts go out to them we’ll be thinking of them as we move forward and we wish them the best as they try to deal with your grief I also have to thank a bunch of people so I’ll ask you to bear with me on this 300 law enforcement officers on that scene yesterday 300H law enforcement officers from the Annapolis Police Department County Sheriff’s Office Howard County Police Department in Maryland Transportation Authority police department of Maryland Department of Natural Resources police Annapolis fire and bomb squad Prince George’s County Police Department Montgomery County BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport Fire & Rescue Services came the NSA police came the FBI was as always a very present help in times of trouble if you’re open Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms gave us a large amount of help NSA came to help the United States Secret Service came to help and the postal inspectors came to help they were helping us direct traffic whether they were bringing water to Cops who were dehydrated or whether they helped us go in that building and save people’s lives every cop from all those agencies was a part of how we saved people’s lives yesterday thank them from the bottom of my heart for the Anne Arundel County Police Department for Community one of the beautiful things about wearing a badge in a patch in Anne Arundel County as we know how our community field about us we’ve heard the last 24 hours as always we thank you for that support and the business Community is had so many showings of love from our business community in the area in the last 24 hours I am as always humbled and touched by their support I can confirm for you this time that we identified The Suspect with help through other investigative techniques by using facial recognition technology from the Maryland image repository system I’d like to thank Governor Hogan help I’d like to thank the Maryland combined analysis Center its commanders and I’d like to thank the state police for being so present and helping us identify the suspect we were able to use that and a couple other Tech text to make sure we knew who the bad guy was I will not say his name today I refuse to do it I wish you wouldn’t do it but I know better he doesn’t deserve us to talk about him one more second thank you to the Maryland combine there are no other suspects were looking for right now we have no reason to believe anybody else but the suspect was involved in this atrocity we did recover the next car after a pretty lengthy search nearby we have conducted a search warrant on that I can’t give you much more on that right now because we’re still putting the puzzle pieces together we did also do overnight 400 block of Armstrong Court Maryland State Police helped us serve that warrant last night I’d like to thank them again we did find evidence at the residence I can’t go into a whole bunch of details about it but I will tell you evidence showing the origination of planning things like that in his apartment and it shows what we knew we would find which is that we have one bad guy and that for his own ring chose to do what he did yesterday we’ve confirmed I think already that it was a shotgun used in the incident I would also confirm it was a pump action shotgun it was legally purchased a year or so ago and I’m going to close and allow questions with this this was a targeted attack we can’t fathom why that person chose to do this we don’t think we have any more clear and present danger to the citizens of Anne Arundel County that person has had a history apartment in May of 13 we did have a situation where online threatening comments were made we had a detective assigned to investigated the detective spoke with the Council for the Capital Gazette several members of the Capital Gazette staff mr. Marquardt who’s had some comments in the news media was scheduled to be on that conference call he did not call in on that conference call it was discussed that the Capital Gazette did not wish to pursue criminal charges there was a fear that doing so would exacerbate an already flammable situation Lieutenant Fraser will after appropriate redaction be sending you the police report on that incident will be able to do that in the next couple hours they are with us as we do that to do it right well I’m going to get one shot at doing this right and with that I’ll take a couple questions can you talk about the history of the suspect with the paper and what might have changed between May of 2013 and now best so I think that they are trying to put all those puzzle pieces together all of you are good investigative reporters you’ve all looked it at the social media platforms there’s clearly a history there I will tell you that we we’re not we’re of that history until last night should we have been in a in a perfect world sure we should have been we were not we get at least a threat call a day so it’s I’ll say this again we lost a great tool with you feed a couple years ago it was the national conscience that decided that we weren’t able to use it it made our job a lot easier as it relates to following things phrases areas on social media indication of what changes last week given the situation at the time I think the investigator made made the call the investigator involved is retired I have not had a chance to talk to him yet we make calls every day I think you made a call based on what he was presented we make that call every day every day we talk to somebody who decides they don’t want to press charges in Maryland if it’s a felony we push if it’s a misdemeanor a lot of misdemeanors go to I have not charging so I have to say ma’am I don’t feel that the department was negligent men with I’ll beg your Indulgence to say this we are not or have not been getting cooperation from the suspect of the suspect was scheduled to go to bail review an hour or so ago I’m not terribly sure what happened there so for now that window has closed for us and we’re going to have to try to do things differently what he’s going to do if he was after we still have to do a frantic reconstruction on digital stuff we have not had a chance to do that we did not find a written Manifesto or anything that that’s the spirit of your question I think we did is hiding under a death of the time when police came into The Newsroom was he pretending to be a reporter or staffer this is how I’ll answer that question when the officers went in they were going in there to neutralize a threat I think that became very clear very quickly and I think I think fighter fight or flight kicks in certain ways and I don’t know why but slight one for the suspect buddy what’s What’s the total time frame here from the moment you have got the call to the moment you had the suspect how long did this whole incident take place within 2 minutes Annapolis city cops the county cops and the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Department save people’s lives yesterday without question without question okay so what we found was more stuff to distract people and confuse people then it was too introduced casualties if that makes sense as far as devices I’m going to beg your Indulgence and not answer that I’ll say this the fella was there to kill as many were there any shots fired by law enforcement I cannot answer that question I have seen your colleagues post things I have not happy feedback for my investigators yet I got to be honest with you there they’re hitting the point of diminishing returns on on their ability to stay awake and keep going so we will be glad to get more on that to you guys in the future but I can’t answer it right now you’re not going to pay for this weekend technology technology that’s come under from civil Libertarians called the bear with me Maryland image repository system MCAT the Maryland combine analysis Center ran the picture that we sent that system was able to identify the subject we would have been much longer in identifying him and being able to push forward in the investigation without that system it was a huge win for for us last night for the citizens account bear with me on this cuz I’m not a pro but I believe it’s it’s driver’s license and mugshots we had black getting answers on fingerprints is all I can tell you I think that’s probably why the unnamed senior enforcement Source who wishes to remain anonymous anonymous said that because they read lag as some sort of attempt on his part so we had lag and it happens I don’t know why it happens last night I don’t know why it took us a little longer through the computer system computer systems do that but we immediately we didn’t have the luxury of waiting so we immediately turn to the help that we use can’t answer that man I really can’t I have no idea it was rent the Anne Arundel County police are aware of from the suspect it’s my understanding that we had the initial incidents with social media platforms and if it’s Twitter I’ll take your word for it if it’s Instagram I would accept that too we had the instances and 13 and then it went dark and then I understanding is that very shortly before the incident there were some further post I could be wrong on that and to be honest with you ladies and gentleman I haven’t dog that much into that sewing in in Maryland when you become prohibited there are certain crimes I’m not terribly sure he has I believe he has a harassment and so I know he was charged with harassment once that’s the best answer I can give you buying weapon unless that was a felony felonies are automatic there are some specific misdemeanors and I got to be honest with you I’m not sure if stalking is one of them I know like domestic assaulted so I’m figuring on being circumspect on that because I have to protect the Integrity of the prosecution here I think I’m going to ask you to let me stay at that nothing at all cheap close close close enough where if you were planning it you put your color does that make sense whatsoever we’re not getting very much communication sir to be captured to Diana you have any sense of how he thought this was going to end I wish I could answer that question with some clarity I cannot using statistics generally actor leaders are wanting to go out in a blaze of glory I don’t I just can’t get this head I can’t do it I wish I could today one more man I would characterize minor and everybody’s doing okay if that makes sense that’s the last one just last week some more information that we really like to get out to the public so we’re asking if anybody has information again successful but if somebody in the area has cell phone footage if anybody has any information and they would like to remain anonymous we have a 24-hour tip line where they can leave a message 04700 that’s the 24-hour tip line major press release press conference so we’re going to have on this incident any other updates social media and press conference
Annapolis authorities hold a final press conference on the Capital Gazette shooting that left five dead and multiple people injured.

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