FROM FOX NEWS: A contractor who threatened to set off a bomb at the headquarters of Fox 45 Baltimore Thursday afternoon, forcing police to evacuate the building, walked outside before a sniper shot him as cameras rolled.
A bomb robot scanned him for nearly an hour before police removed his clothing, picked him up and carried him into an armored van. Crews transferred him to an ambulance minutes later. His condition was unclear.
The suspect, a man in his 20s, had refused to cooperate with officers, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. When he walked out of the building, he was wearing a white panda suit, a surgical mask and sunglasses.
Smith did not confirm whether the man held an actual bomb but said he had wires inside his costume. He apparently lit a car on fire in the parking lot before entering the building, Fox 45 reports.
“He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers. I told him, ‘I can’t let you in, you’re going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.’ He wouldn’t do that. Apparently he had made some threats before,” News Director Mike Tomko said. The Panama Papers, released earlier this month, revealed the tax avoidance habits of several world leaders and their associates.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the car fire. The flames had emerged from the dark sedan’s gas tank.
Fox 45 announced it would air an evening newscast.
The station is located at the base of Baltimore’s TV Hill. The area is home to two other TV stations and a radio station.
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