Today, at approximately 3:15PM, a security guard shot an unknown subject after he broke a glass door and entered the lobby of the FOX 5 building on Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC. The security guard pepper-sprayed and shot the suspect who was subsequently transported to George Washington University Hospital. The suspect was not armed and wanted FOX 5 to “contact the President,” according to media reports. While the suspect’s motive is unclear, today’s attack comes on the heels of similar incidents at media outlets near Dallas, Annapolis, and Roanoke.
In September, a man drove his vehicle into FOX 4’s studio in Dallas, Texas, because he was angry over a police-involved shooting in 2012 in neighboring Denton County. It is unknown if the man was targeting media. There were no injuries and officers took him into custody without incident.
In June, a shooter killed five and wounded two others after he attacked the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspect had made threats on social media and had a “long-running dispute” against the newspaper, according to reports.
In August 2015, a man murdered two news employees of a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, while they were conducting a live television interview in Moneta—about 25 miles east of Roanoke. The gunman was a former reporter with the news station and live-streamed the attack before committing suicide.