Boston police officials said Thursday they have begun increasing security presence at major media outlets in the Boston area after a shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Md., left at least five people dead and several wounded.
“While there are no credible concerns or information detailing similar threats directed towards media outlets in Boston, Commissioner Evans has called for increased and directed patrols in and around various media agencies throughout the city,” Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman, said in an e-mail.
Officers will “make a point” to increase their presence at media outlets by stopping and driving by more frequently, Kenneally said.
Kenneally said the “increased and directed patrol” was implemented shortly after getting word of the shooting at the The Capital Gazette in Maryland, though he was not sure exactly when.
It was not immediately clear which outlets are affected, or how long the heightened security will last.
Boston isn’t the only city taking an abundance of caution. The New York Police Department also sent patrols to major media organizations following news of the shooting. Photos on Twitter showed police presence outside The New York Times and ABC News, among others.Alana Levene can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @alanalevene.