UPDATE: Reports of HOSTAGE SITUATION in Charleston as Police Respond to Active Shooting (VIDEO)
Charleston police are currently responding to an active shooter situation in the downtown area. CBS News reports a potential hostage situation is unfolding. One person has been shot.
BREAKING: Mayor: Disgruntled restaurant employee shoots 1, holds hostages in Charleston, South Carolina.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 24, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 24, 2017
Police respond to active shooter situation on King Street in downtown Charleston
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) August 24, 2017
CHARLESTON POLICE: 'Active shooter situation' in downtown area; King street closed between Calhoun, Morris pic.twitter.com/RqCeXaK81K
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 24, 2017
Post and Courrier reports:
There is an “active shooter situation” in a popular touriest and commercial area of downtown Charleston, according to police spokesman Charles Francis. King Street is currently closed between Calhoun and Morris Streets.
Employees working in the area near Virginia’s restaurant said they were on lockdown as authorities swarmed the area.
“They (police) said there was an active shooter at they think Virginia’s,” said Doug Warner, a spokesman for Charleston Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Dispatch said they got the initial call as a hostage
Tom and Patsy Plant were eating lunch at Virginia’s with their daughter Laura among 15 to 20 people.
They said a man came from the kitchen with a loaded revolver in his left hand and announced “There’s a new boss in town.”