Active shooter situation in downtown Charleston, SC

Police respond to active shooter situation in Charleston

Police respond to active shooter situation in Charleston

He says one person was killed in a hostage situation at the restaurant where the suspect worked.

Hostage negotiators are on the scene as well as medics and police.

"Right now the streets are full of SWAT and police and people heavily armed".

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Witnesses said the gunman brandished a pistol and said "There's a new boss in town" as he entered Virginia's On King in the heart of the city's commercial district, while about 15 to 20 people were having lunch.

The shooter is now holding hostages in Virginia's on King restaurant. The Siegerts said they escaped out a back door and didn't know how many people were left behind.

The man appeared like "an ordinary grandpa, but he had a insane look", they told Post and Courier of Charleston. 'This was not a hate crime.

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The suspect was a disgruntled employee of Virginia's on King.

Dispatchers say a weapon is involved, but police have not yet provided specific details. Andrew Locke, another salon employee, said the situation was "nerve-wracking", especially in trying to take care of customers.

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 shooter remains inside the building with "a couple hostages", according to Francis.

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

This is a developing story.

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