NEW INFORMATION: Police say truck that rammed TV station was stolen

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

At about 1:10 p.m. eastern time, the station tweeted: "Still on lockdown. Those here trying to stay positive about situation. Please keep WMAR staffers and visitors in your thoughts."

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Officials say the truck that crashed into a Baltimore-area television station belonged to a landscaping company and was stolen from a work site less than 5 miles from the scene.

Baltimore County police say the truck was stolen around noon Wednesday, around the same time that WMAR-TV employees reported that someone claiming to be God was trying to get inside the building. Shortly after, the truck slammed into the lobby of the station. No injuries were reported. Officials said late Tuesday afternoon that a suspect had been taken into custody.

Jeff Schwartz, president of Ashton Manor Environmental, said in a statement that the truck was stolen from a site on the Baltimore Beltway in Towson.

Schwartz says no employees were injured when the truck was stolen, and the company is cooperating with police.
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TOWSON, Md. (AP) --The news director at a Baltimore-area television station that was rammed by a truck says she believes everyone evacuated safely, but police say there may still be an armed person inside.

WMAR-TV News Director Kelly Groft tells The Associated Press in a phone interview that when the truck began ramming the lobby around noon Tuesday, she screamed for everyone in the newsroom to get out.

Baltimore County police say 55 people evacuated, but they can't be sure everyone is out. Police say there may be an armed person inside, but there have not been any reports of shots fired.

A hole the size of several garage doors could be seen in the front of the building Tuesday afternoon. Police officers were on the scene, and news helicopters hovered above. A school next door is locked down.
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TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore County police say a vehicle has rammed a television station and there may be an armed person inside the building.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton says a vehicle rammed WMAR-TV's building, off a busy road north of Baltimore, just before noon Tuesday. Police are warning people to avoid the area.

In a tweet, the station identified the vehicle as a dump truck and said people should stay away from the building.

Helicopter video from WJZ-TV shows a hole in the front of the building, large enough for a vehicle to enter. Drivers were still able to enter a neighboring shopping center, although a section of the road was blocked to traffic.


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