BREAKING: Annapolis shooting suspect identified through facial recognition software, cops say

Following his arrest Thursday afternoon on suspicion of carrying out a mass shooting that left five dead and several others injured at a Maryland newspaper, authorities reportedly had difficulty identifying the alleged gunman.

Initial reports identified him as a white male in his 20s, but investigators indicated he damaged his fingertips in some way prior to the crime to avoid being identified, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

A subsequent update from NBC News reporter Tom Winter revealed that authorities now say a 39-year-old man was identified through the use of facial recognition technoolgoy.

“A court authorized search of the suspect’s home is underway,” Winter added.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide updates when they become available.

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