A terrifying situation unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on Aug. 24. A ‘disgruntled employee’ attacked a restaurant, killing one person before taking hostages. Thankfully, the police stopped the gunman before more people were hurt.
The story is still unfolding but here’s what is known so far: Charleston police responded to a report of an active shooter situation at a restaurant in downtown Charleston, somewhere near the 400 block of King Street, according to Live 5 News. The incident reportedly took place at Virginia’s, as eyewitnesses claim a gunman walked in and told everyone to get out. One person was shot, according to Live 5 News. That’s not all — Several hostages are “holed up inside the restaurant,” police spokesman Charles Francis said during a press conference, per CNN. Update at 3:28 PM ET: The situation is over. One person, the chef of the restaurant, has been confirmed dead by Live 5 News. The shooter has been taken into custody after being shot by police. The hostages have been freed, with no further injuries.
The shooter is reportedly an older man, who was a dishwasher at the restaurant. He was wearing an apron when he walked through the front door of the restaurant while holding a small caliber revolver, according to the Charleston Post & Courier. He reportedly locked the door behind him and said, “I am the new king of Charleston.” The alleged gunman reportedly told everyone in the restaurant to get down and move back to the building, where they made their exit. Eyewitnesses also said that he said, “there’s a new boss in town.
“This is not an act of terrorism. This is not a hate crime,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said. “It’s a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment.” Since then, the police have closed off King Street (between Calhoun and Morris) to prevent anyone from wandering into a dangerous situation.
“Dispatch got the call at 12:17 pm of a shooter on King St between Calhoun St. and Morris St. which are currently blocked off. We know the shooter is a disgruntled employee and we are not investigating as an act of terrorism,” the Charleston Police Department said in a statement to HollywoodLife.com. “We have the name of the shooter, but are withholding it at the moment. The shooting victim has been taken to University Medical. There shooter has taken several hostages within the building and SWAT and EMS are on the scene. Police are urging citizens to avoid the area at all costs.”
— Harve Jacobs (@policereporter) August 24, 2017
King btwn Calhoun & Morris blocked to motorist & pedestrian traffic active shooter in 400 block of King people to avoid the area.
— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) August 24, 2017
The scene of the shooting is a few blocks north of College of Charleston’s campus, according to Greenville Online. The scene is also a quarter of a block away from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The timing of the situation has brought back memories of the shooting committed by Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people in a hate-motivation shooting on June 17, 2015. In the wake of the violence of the deadly white-nationalist rally Charlottesville, Virginia, this “active shooter event” has everyone on edge.
We’ll continued to update this story with more details as they are made available, HollywoodLifers. In the meantime, send your thoughts to those affected by this shooting.