BREAKING: Active Shooter RIGHT NOW In This U.S. City, Hostages Taken, SWAT ON SCENE

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BREAKING- ARMED BLACK MAN GOES ON SHOOTING RAMPAGE- SWAT ON SCENE

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Police in Charleston, South Carolina, are involved in an “active shooter situation,” according to Charles Francis, a spokesman for the Charleston Police Department.

Police are telling people to stay away from the area.

An owner of a nearby business said the police activity is focused around Virginia’s on King, a restaurant in the heart of downtown.

“Right now the streets are full of SWAT and police and people heavily armed. They are blocking off the whole block,” said Sarah Cobb, owner of MOSA boutique.

Cobb described evacuations of nearby businesses and officers with guns pointed toward the restaurant.

The “active shooter situation” was reported on King Street just after 12 p.m. Charleston police said the area has been blocked and asked residents to avoid the area.

Witnesses The Post and Courier the gunman went inside the restaurant Virginia’s. Tom and Patsy Plant, who were eating lunch in a restaurant, said a man came into the kitchen with a loaded gun and said, “There’s a new boss in town.” The couple escaped the restaurant through the back door.

THE MAN IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN (Black man)

Another diner said the unidentified armed man, dressed as a kitchen staff member, locked the front door and announced, “I am the new king of Charleston.”

About 30 people were dining in the restaurant at the time, witnesses told the newspaper.

The shooting involved a “disgruntled employee,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters Thursday.
“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,” he said.
Several hostages are holed up inside the restaurant, spokesman Charles Francis of the Charleston police said during a press conference.
Sandy Troeder, who works at a hair salon across the street from Virginia’s, told CNN affiliate WCIV that she saw police and a SWAT team break down the restaurant’s door and enter with dogs and machine guns. Police carried a body out, but she couldn’t see who it was or if there was blood, CNN reported.

Dispatch said they initially received a call about a hostage situation, according to The Post and Courier.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates

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