The Woodberry building that houses Fox45 TV was evacuated this afternoon after a reported bomb threat in the station’s lobby.
According to Fox45, a man walked in, said he had a bomb. He had a flash drive that he said contained information he wanted to get on the air.
— Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) April 28, 2016
The report says the man was wearing a “bulky suit,” but there were conflicting reports about what kind of suit.
George Soils reports that it’s a hedgehog onesie, while Tim Williams is reporting it’s a panda suit.
— George Solis (@GeorgeSolisWJZ) April 28, 2016
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) April 28, 2016
Before the incident, a fire was extinguished at a car in the parking lot of the station.
We’ll update as more info becomes available.
3:20 p.m. On Periscope, Fox45 meteorologist Vytas Reid reported that the man is on the ground outside the building. He said police shot the man, but it’s unclear if police used bullets or some other type of force.
4:00 p.m. Though they said incident is still unfolding, police officials gave a briefing.
When he walked into the station at 1:20 p.m., police spokesman TJ Smith said the man was wearing a surgical mask as well as the animal suit. He displayed wires and other things in his jacket that looked like an explosive, Smith said.
The man was shot by a police sniper after walking out of the station around 3 p.m. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the man is still alive. His hands are still in his pocket, and police are considering him a public safety threat. They are communicating through the bomb squad’s robot.
4:40 p.m. Fox45 reporters now say the man has been taken away from the scene in an ambulance. Before he got up, the bomb robot took off the man’s suit and removed the device. His condition is unknown, but reporters said they saw him moving while still on the ground.
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