5th UPDATE, 6:30 PM: The 25-year-old man who walked into a Fox TV station in Baltimore this afternoon claiming to be wired with a bomb was in serious condition at a hospital tonight. The man was shot at least three times by police after he ignored instructions to take his hands out of his pockets as he exited the evacuated building, the Baltimore Sun reports. Ed Brizzi of nearby Elkridge, MD, told the newspaper the man is his son, Alex, who lives at home and recently had a breakdown. A security guard at the station said the flash drive the suspect wanted to use to broadcast contained video of someone talking about space and the government, the paper reported.
4TH UPDATE, 2:50 PM: Station staffer tweets “bomb” was made of candy bars, wire, tin foil:
“He apparently did not obey commands” as he exited the building, reported CNN correspondent Brian Stelter who was on the scene at the time, “because shots were fired. We heard several rounds of fire. On the third or fourth round, he was hit and fell to the ground,” Stelter said. “This man was struck by something and then fell to the ground.”
The offices at the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate station were evacuated after fire crews extinguished a fire set in the gas tank of a vehicle parked in the station lot.
“Someone came into the front of the building and they apparently said that they had some information they wanted to get on the air,” Fox45 News Director Mike Tomko told reporters. “I came down at one point not knowing the person was in the lobby, near the vestibule area. He talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses. 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.”
The incident brings to mind the plot of Money Monster, director Jodie Foster’s drama starring George Clooney and Julie Roberts that is set to premiere at Cannes next month. In the film, an angry investor (Jack O’Connell) takes over a TV studio and threatens a financial-show host (Clooney) on-air while his producer (Roberts) watches from the control room.
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