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.
BREAKING / NBC News: A 39 year old white male has been positively identified through the use of facial recognition software as the shooter at a newspaper in Annapolis, authorities say.
A court authorized search of the suspect's home is underway. Reported with @jonathan4ny
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 28, 2018
“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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