TV station evacuated due to possible bomb threat, suspect shot

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Baltimore TV Station Evacuated After Bomb Threat

A police sniper shot a man wearing a costume after he made alleged threats after entering WBFF -- the FOX television affiliate in Baltimore -- on Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Three loud "shots" were heard and the man was seen lying in the street. The man, described to be in his 20s, is still alive but not cooperating with police. His identity is unknown.

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TV station evacuated due to possible bomb threat, suspect shot
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police approach a man, laying in the street, who claims to be carrying a bomb at the Fox45 television station which was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
A man claiming to be in possession of a bomb exits the Fox45 television station which was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Baltimore Police Media Relations Director T.J. Smith briefs the press after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis briefs the press after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
A man, claiming to have a bomb, lays in the street outside of the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police have removed suspects clothes, moved him into seat van and have left scene. https://t.co/5xZncqCYau
Robot trying to get suspect to show his hands. https://t.co/ekDM4i3qGm
Loud bangs at Fox45... https://t.co/UCKZM0bkwv
Station security guard spent 45 min speaking with man making threats @FOXBaltimore https://t.co/9fshzMv3WN
A man claiming to be in possession of a bomb exits the Fox45 television station, which was evacuated due to a bomb threat, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police approach a man, laying in the street, who claims to be carrying a bomb at the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis briefs the press after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
.@CommishKDavis & @ @TJSmithMedia - suspect still not being cooperative despite being shot. @FOXBaltimore https://t.co/KBsS5NGyef
Tower cam view of man (in white clothing) who has been shot by police outside Fox45. Down but seen moving. https://t.co/vzPg4SDLJR

A fire was seen in a car's gas tank in the WBFF's parking lot.

Photo courtesy: Periscope

PIO en route to @FoxBaltimore. Media staging area TBD.
News director: He had a flash drive & said he had information he wanted to get on air -compared it to information found in the Panama papers
Police at Fox45. https://t.co/3Avs10kVo2
Police staging on 41st Street bridge near @FOXBaltimore studios. Man is still inside. https://t.co/YsBVWvlNBk
Fox45 building has been evacuated. Suspicious person standing in lobby said he had a bomb.
.@KarenCampbellTV on #Periscope: Fox45 evacuated. Man in lobby said he has a bomb. https://t.co/P98dL7I0fU
Right now FOX45 News Director Mike Tomko sharing info at the scene.... https://t.co/gfr42JyDAX
Live on Periscope a man is at #Fox45 News In Baltimore threatening to blow up the station https://t.co/w37fBkpIP9
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"They sent a robot, the robot is going over right now and is kind of assessing. so he's kind of looking at the robot and the team is sitting there by the car, waiting to see what he's going to do. Because he's still alive and his hands are still kind of moving," the station's meteorologist Vytas Reid said.

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Man shot after Baltimore bomb threat

"The suspect is not deceased," police spokesman T.J. Smith said. "It is still an evolving situation."

The robot searched the suspect's clothing for an hour for any explosives before they approached him and put him inside an armored van.

The investigation revealed the alleged bomb was actually chocolate candy bars linked together with wire and what looked like a motherboard, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Earlier in the afternoon, the suspect's car was found on fire in the TV station's parking lot and then things turned worse when a man appeared in the building's vestibule and reportedly "had a message to give" and that he wanted the station to cover some sort of government conspiracy, according to WBFF. Some report that he dressed in an animal onesie costume and had a bomb strapped to his chest.

WBFF security director Jourael Apostolides said in an interview the man handed him a thumb drive and that the suspect said he had a message, wanted to be heard and that everyone in the building should exit.

"At first I thought it was a joke, but then he kept on saying he didn't want to hurt anyone or me," the security director said.

"It's unusual and different when the news comes to your own backyard," one of the station's cameraman said during a live video stream.

Police blocked off the road surrounding WBFF as they investigated the situation. Video via Periscope was live streaming from the scene (click here to see some coverage).

WBFF news director Mike Tomko says employees were a little worried but remained professional throughout the ordeal.

"Someone came into the front of the building and they apparently said that they had some information they wanted to get on the air," Tomko told reporters.

The FBI's Baltimore field office was closely monitoring the situation and offered to help police, a law enforcement official told FOX News.

The area is also home to two other TV stations and one radio station.

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