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Charleston Has An 'Active Shooter Situation'

Charleston Has An 'Active Shooter Situation'

Police spokesman Charles Francis says King Street is blocked off between Calhoun and Morris to both motorists and pedestrians because of an "active shooter" situation within the 400 block of King Street. He confirmed that one person has been shot and that the person has been hospitalized.

The hostage was freed with no injuries, Mayor John Tecklenburg said.

The gunman is said to be a disgruntled ex-employee of the diner in a tourist area of Charleston, the city's mayor told Fox News.

A gunman entered Virginia's restaurant on King Street, according to witnesses who spoke to The Post and Courier.

A gunman has taken hostages inside a Downtown Charleston restaurant, according to Charleston police.




In a few moments, Charleston officials are expected to give a press conference informing the public of the situation, and possibly identifying the shooter and the victim.

One witness told The Post and Courier that the gunman looked like "an ordinary grandpa, but he had a insane look".

One customer ran out back door. Some were able to escape and seek shelter in a nearby restaurant. Authorities instructed people inside to stay inside and those outside to leave the area.

The site is a couple of blocks away from the Emanuel AME church, where nine black members of a church were killed by a white man in a June 2015.

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

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