Thursday, 24 August 2017

One dead, as disgruntled employee opens fire in Charleston restaurant, South Carolina

A disgruntled employee shot and killed one person and took a hostage Thursday in a Charleston, South Carolina, restaurant before an officer shot and critically wounded him.

Neither the gunman nor his victim was immediately identified. The hostage was safe, Tecklenburg said.

Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor said multiple agencies accompanied by a hostage negotiator arrived at the scene at about 12:20 p.m. He wouldn't immediately identify the agency of the officer who shot the gunman.

Mayor John Tecklenburg said Thursday that the showdown at the restaurant  was simply the act of a man "who took his anger into his own hands."

"This was not an act of terrorism. This was not a hate crime," Tecklenburg told reporters. "This was a disgruntled employee."

A witness said they were eating at the restaurant when the gunman ordered everyone out and yelled, “There’s a new boss in town.”

Peter Siegert, 73, and his son Peter Siegert IV, 45, were quoted by The Post and Courier as saying that just after several waitresses and kitchen workers walked out the door without saying a word, a man in an apron with a gun came out of the kitchen and locked the front door.

Source: NBC News

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