Active Shooter Situation Resolved on King Street pic.twitter.com/5ph29DkpvK
— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) August 24, 2017
There has been one reported death, with another critically wounded, as the shooter held the restaurant hostage.
A suspect was shot, and transported to a hospital, as the hostages were released from the restaurant.
At around 2:30 p.m. ET, there was a reported “loud boom,” in the King St. area, and police quickly surrounded the area, blocking it off, and keeping people away.
— Andrew Knapp (@offlede) August 24, 2017
An off -the-clock employee told the Post and Courier that from what he heard, a dishwasher at Virginia’s on King got fired, and returned to shoot the chef.
According to witnesses, an older black man walked into the store with a gun, locked the door and proclaimed, “I am the new king of Charleston.”
In a statement that would support the Post and Courier’s report, Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg said in a statement that “this was not a hate crime. This was a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment.”
We send our prayers to lift up the families affected by today’s tragedy in Charleston. 1/
— Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) August 24, 2017
Thankfully the hostages were freed, and a suspect was apprehended.