Gunman shot at Charleston, SC, restaurant; hostage rescued
25 August, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
While the shooter let some people leave the restaurant, it is safe to say that he retained a few hostages - possibly employees at the restaurant - to secure his own stance and avoid being shot by police officers and SWAT team members.
Law enforcement officials in Charleston announced the situation has been resolved shortly after 3pm, almost three hours after the first reports about an active shooter at Virginia's On King started coming in.
"I heard that a dishwasher got fired and came back in and shot the chef", said a local man, John Aquino.
'This was not an act of terrorism, ' Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg rushed to reassure the public. This is not a hate crime.
The shooting was reported just after noon on King Street, Police spokesman Charles Francis said in a statement.
A witness said they were eating at the restaurant when the gunman ordered everyone out and yelled, "There's a new boss in town".
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An older black man, who was armed with a revolver, reportedly locked the front door of the restaurant and declared he was the "new king of Charleston". They were able to escape out a back door.
People working in the area surrounding Virginia's on King said authorities had put the area on lock down.
"We do know already at this point that the shooter is a disgruntled employee".
The suspect is described as a disgruntled employee inside Virginia's Restaurant in downtown Charleston.
Dispatchers say a weapon is involved, but police have not yet provided specific details. "There were some people in there and there were a couple of hostages". Roof was sentenced to death in the case.
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