UPDATE 3:30 P.M. EST: According to Mayor Tecklenburg, the situation is over.
In a press conference following the resolution of the hostage situation, the Mayor confirmed the shooter was a fired employee. One person was shot and killed before the shooter took at least one hostage upstairs after the majority of the occupants left the restaurant.
Police eventually shot the assailant, who is now in critical condition.
We’re glad this is all over without further loss of life, but sending love to the victim’s family.
Charleston police are currently involved in what’s being called an “active shooter situation.”
According to local paper The Post And Courier, the gunman shot and wounded at least one person and still has hostages after taking over a downtown restaurant with a gun.
Mayor John Tecklenburg says the situation is “not an act of terrorism”:
“This was not a hate crime. This was a disgruntled employee.”
Local witnesses say an older man wearing a kitchen apron entered Virginia’s brandishing a revolver and said:
“I am the new king of Charleston.”
He then directed customers to the back, where they filed out of the restaurant then gave police their accounts.
SWAT officers currently have the building surrounded.
This an ongoing story, so check back for the latest.
[Image via CNN.]