10:28am PT by Kate Stanhope, Jackie Strause, Bryn Elise Sandberg
'House of Cards' Production Not Impacted by Active Shooter
Despite an ongoing manhunt for a gunman who opened fire at an office park on Wednesday morning, the Maryland set of Netflix's House of Cards has not been impacted.
"We have been in touch with local authorities and are aware of a shooting situation that happened about a mile away from the House of Cards set," Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital told The Hollywood Reporter in a joint statement. "Production on the show has not been impacted."
Executive producer Dana Brunetti first shared the news that the shooting was near the set on his social media accounts. "Shooting near House of Cards set," he wrote. He then criticized the mainstream news for not covering the local breaking story. "I turn on the news to see what is happening, and guess what they're covering? Not the 5 dead and 3 wounded while gunman is still on the loose."
Brunetti took particular issue with CNN, saying the network had asked him to come on air recently to discuss House of Cards' Russia storylines, but that on Wednesday he was seeing only "nonstop" coverage of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimonies. "There is an ongoing active shooter near the House of Cards stage and ZERO coverage," he wrote.
According to news reports, the shooter killed three co-workers at Advanced Granite Solutions in Harford County and wounded two others, who were in critical condition. The gunman, identified as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince by police, was said to be armed and dangerous and also involved in a later shooting in Delaware.
The FBI is assisting the Maryland State Police and Harford County Sheriff's Office in the search.
House of Cards films in the city of Joppa and surrounding suburbs in Maryland. Joppa was on a modified lockdown Wednesday, and earlier reports by several outlets suggested the set was on lockdown.
The political thriller, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, released its fifth season in May. Though production appears to be underway, Netflix has yet to officially renew the long-running original series for a sixth season.
According to the Associated Press, Prince was arrested by police late Wednesday evening.
Oct. 18, 6:38 p.m. Updated to include details of the suspect's arrest.