Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters on Thursday, a “disgruntled employee” who had killed a person by shooting him and also injured the another person at a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina was seriously injured as he had also been shot.
The other hostages were safely revealed. During the time situation, Tecklenburg said, “This is not act of terrorism.”
Tecklenburg added, “This is not a hate crime. It’s a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment.”
Police are investigating the crime scene in downtown Charleston where hostage situation and shooting took place on Thursday.
In the news conference, a spokesman for the Charleston Police, Charles Francis said that several hostages were inside the restaurant at the time. The shooting scenario took place after noon.
Police and the mayor announced at about 3:30 PM that the hostage situation is now over.
The people advised people to avoid the area near the Southern-style restaurant which is located n the heart of downtown Charleston.
The other downtown building including the Charleston School of Law is lockdown by the police snipers.
A representative of the group of restaurants owners, John Aquino told WCSC-TV that one of the shooting victims was a chef while the gunman was the former dishwasher.
Police were focused around the Southern-style restaurant, a boutique owner near the restaurant said.
Sarah Cobb who is an owner of MOSA boutique said, “Right now, the streets are full of SWAT and police and people heavily armed. They are blocking off the whole block.”
An employee named Sandy Troeder who works at a hair salon nearby the restaurant told CNN that SWAT team and police break down the doors of restaurants and entered the restaurant with machine guns and dogs. Police carried out the body from restaurants. Police came to the salon and told everyone to evacuate.