Charleston Police Have Taken A Suspected Gunman Into Custody After A Hostage Situation At A Restaurant

In downtown Charleston, South Carolina, at least one person has been shot with a gunman holding several hostages in a restaurant on King Street, according to police. The person who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, but their condition is not yet known. Authorities are treating this as an “active shooter situation,” as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reports above.

According to Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg, the shooter has been ID’ed as a “disgruntled employee.” He said at a press conference, “This is not act of terrorism. This is not a hate crime. It’s a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment.”

The shooter apparently told hostages he was the “new king of Charleston,” via social media reports.

Police have told the public to stay away from the area around the restaurant, a Southern-style eatery called Virginia’s on King. Meanwhile, nearby businesses were evacuated by SWAT personnel or put on lockdown.

Before being evacuated, one witness at a salon near the restaurant said police broke down the restaurant’s door and entered with guns drawn and dogs. The witness said a body was carried out by the police, but it was not clear who the person was or how badly they were injured.

UPDATE #1 – 3:55pm EST: Charleston authorities say the gunman has been “shot and critically wounded,” and “several hostages were safely released.” The suspect remains in police custody.

This is a developing story, and we’ll provide more updates as more information becomes available.

(Via CNN & KTIV News 4)