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Cops: Vehicle rams Md. TV station, dozens evacuated

Damage to Towson, Md. TV station WMAR, after a man possibly in a pickup truck rammed into the building and reportedly barricaded himself inside, Tuesday, May 12, 2014 CBS Baltimore

TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County police say a vehicle has rammed a television station and the driver may be armed inside the building.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton says a vehicle rammed WMAR-TV's building, off a busy road north of Baltimore, just before noon Tuesday. Police are warning people to avoid the area.

They says dozens of people were evacuated from the building and others may have sheltered in place.

The building was rammed several times around 11:45 a.m., reports CBS Baltimore.

CBS Baltimore reports a man is barricaded in the building and possibly armed. Employees say the man tried to enter the building and claimed he was "God," reports the station.

In a tweet, the station identified the vehicle as a dump truck and said people should stay away from the building.

Helicopter video from WJZ-TV shows a hole in the front of the building, large enough for a vehicle to enter. Drivers were still able to enter a neighboring shopping center, although a section of the road was blocked to traffic.

  • Crimesider Staff

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