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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Charleston: Gunman shot by police following hostage situation in America

The man who killed a hostage is in a critical condition

Bystanders wait at a perimeter set up by local police amid reports of a man armed with a handgun was holding hostages at a restaurant in downtown Charleston. REUTERS/Harriet McLeod
Bystanders wait at a perimeter set up by local police amid reports of a man armed with a handgun was holding hostages at a restaurant in downtown Charleston. REUTERS/Harriet McLeod

A gunman who took hostages at a local restaurant in southern America, has been been shot by police, according to the local mayor.

The man fatally shot a restaurant employee during the incident in Charleston, South Carolina.

Interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor says all the hostages at Virginia’s restaurant were rescued safely. He didn’t say how many there were.

Mayor Tecklenburg says the man who took the hostages is in critical condition.

Authorities did not release the names of the gunman or the man killed.

Taylor says the restaurant on tourist-heavy King Street was packed at lunchtime and his officers helped rescue the wounded man and a number of diners.

It is believed the gunman is a disgruntled employee and was armed with a handgun.

Witnesses said the shooter brandished the pistol and shouted as he entered the Virginia's On King eatery, in the heart of the city's commercial district, while about 15 to 20 people were having lunch. Many of the customers fled.

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