Dump truck rams Baltimore TV station, reporting goes on
Coverage of WMAR barricade turns to social media
Briana Altergott, Newsy
3:55 PM, May 13, 2014
Baltimore TV station WMAR was evacuated Tuesday after a potentially armed man driving a dump truck reportedly crashed into the building's lobby several times. (Via Twitter / @CherylfromABC2)
And several reporters couldn't just stand by as other local media outlets covered the incident. (Via Twitter / @MascoFromABC2)
The station's news director, whom several staff members credited with helping get everyone inside to safety, was one of the first to tweet a photo of the gaping hole the truck left near the building's lobby.
And many others provided live updates on their Twitter and Instagram profiles as the situation unfolded before their very eyes.
Reporter Brian Kuebler noted the strange situation he and his co-workers found themselves in as other media outlets, including CNN, began to quote him for their own coverage.
"So apparently #CNN WJZ and others are quoting my tweets as part of their coverage. Again...allow me to express how weird this is?" (Via Twitter / @BrianfromABC2)
The finer details of the incident were still unclear as of early Tuesday afternoon, but several WMAR employees posted that the suspect was armed and barricaded inside the TV station. (Via Twitter / @sarafromABC2)
All WMAR employees were accounted for soon after the crash. There were no reports of any injuries. (Via WJZ-TV)
As for the motive — again, nothing has been confirmed. But meteorologist Mike Masco tweeted, "Guy kept chanting I am God when he first walked up to the door of the building. went back for his industrial sized truck and rammed building."
A SWAT team accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs surrounded the building soon after the suspect smashed through the building. People are being urged to stay away from the area for the time being. (Via Twitter / @CherylfromABC2 / @BrianfromABC2)