Dead In Charleston Hostage Situation, Officials Say

Geneva Matthews
August 25, 2017

This was not a hate crime. "It's a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment", he said.

Interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor says all the hostages at Virginia's restaurant were rescued safely.

A witness told the city's Post and Courier newspaper that the gunman had waved their firearm inside Virginia's restaurant on King Street, shouting "There's a new boss in town".

Charleston Police sent SWAT teams and a bomb disposal unit to the area and warned people to avoid the area, stay inside buildings, or leave. The Medical University of SC, a nearby hospital, confirmed to ABC News that they are treating one injured person in connection to the incident. One diner, Patsy Plant, told the paper the armed man looked like a "grandpa" but had 'a insane look.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said at a news conference that the employee was holding a "couple" of hostages.

Police negotiators are attempting to negotiate with the shooter, Tecklenburg said.

The man told diners to get on the floor and move to the back of the restaurant.

It is believed the gunman is a disgruntled employee and was armed with a handgun.

Police, according to CNN, ordered people in nearby businesses to evacuate.

Dispatchers say a weapon is involved, but police have not yet provided specific details.

The site is just blocks away from the Emanuel AME church, where a racist white gunman killed nine black members of the church in June 2015.

The church shooter, Dylann Roof, has been sentenced to death in federal court for the massacre.

Tecklenburg says the man who took the hostages is in critical condition.

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