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Intruder Storms Into CBS News Station, Takes Over Set For 90 Minutes As Staff Scramble For Safety: Report

A CBS news station in New Mexico had to cut off their broadcast for over an hour on Sunday night after an intruder entered their building, sending staff into panic, The Albuquerque Journal reported on Monday.

KRQE TV, a CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, released a statement late Sunday to explain that the outage occurred while police were searching the premises.

“An hour and a half later police gave us the all clear and we were able to continue our broadcast operations,” the statement read.

The intruder entered the building around 8:30 p.m. and sat down at the news set, according to the report.

The building was evacuated minutes later.

Albuquerque Police officer Simon Drobik said police K-9s searched the building but did not locate the man.

Reporter Sergio Quintana took to Twitter to break the news:

KRQE reporter Madeline Schmitt posted on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday to say that everyone at the station was safe.

The intrusion comes just days after a gunman entered the Capital Gazette newspaper offices in Annapolis, Md., and opened fire, killing five people and wounding several others.


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