SILVER SPRING, Md., — In response to the fatal shooting of six people, and the wounding of several more, after a gunman fired into the Capitol Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis today, Montgomery County Council At-Large Candidate Will Jawando released the following statement:

“Maryland’s gun laws are seen as some of the strongest in the nation, and yet we have a gunman who took the lives of six people practically at the door of our statehouse. This shows — as every mass shooting shows — that federal action is needed today to clamp down on firearms. The fact that a newspaper was targeted is chilling, in light of the toxic political attacks on America’s free press,” Jawando said. “My prayers are with the families and friends of those killed as well as the entire Maryland community.”