BALTIMORE — A man wearing some sort of animal onesie threatening to blow up the WBFF news station was shot by police Thursday afternoon, the station reports.
Three shots were heard and the man was seen lying in the street, WBFF reports.
According to the station, the man broke into the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate at about 2 p.m. demanding the news station cover a story about some sort of government conspiracy.
The station was evacuated.
Outside, a car was burning from its gas tank. The car belonged to the suspect, who is believed to have started the fire.
According to the station’s security guard, the suspect threatened to “blow up” the building.
“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 suspect was believed to have survived the encounter with police, WBFF reports.
No other injuries were reported.