Published: Thu, August 24, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Disgruntled Employee Shoots 1, Takes Hostages in Charleston, SC

Disgruntled Employee Shoots 1, Takes Hostages in Charleston, SC

"This is not an act of terrorism this is not a hate crime".

They escaped through a back door. The younger Siegert said he wasn't sure if any other diners were still inside the restaurant.

The Charleston Police Department's bomb squad has arrived at the scene.

Dispatch said they got the initial call as "a hostage situation involving a weapon".

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At least one person was shot and killed and another was injured, police said, according to Fox News, citing the city's mayor.

Police later came to the salon and told people to evacuate.

People are being asked to avoid that area. "They are blocking off the whole block", Sarah Cobb, owner of MOSA boutique, told CNN.

Hostage negotiators were trying to talk to the man inside Virginia's, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference outside the restaurant, located on usually crowded King Street, a line of shops and nice dining that caters to both tourists and residents in South Carolina's largest and most historic city. Police carried a body out, but she couldn't see who it was or if there was blood.

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Craig Nelson, a bartender at nearby Proof, which was supposed to host a liquor launch this afternoon said that there are "just an insane amount of police in vests".

It was not immediately clear where the employee worked.

Additional police officers are stationed outside Warren Place residence hall around the corner from Virginia's on King to prevent students from coming near the area.

As of now the shooter remains in the building, with "a couple hostages", according to Francis.

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