One dead in shooting and hostage situation in Charleston — here’s what we know now Twitter/@SCpigskin

At least one person has been killed in an active shooting and hostage situation unfolding in Charleston, South Carolina; the gunman is in critical condition.

Just after noon, a gunman entered the dining room at Virginia’s On King, a restaurant along King Street in Charleston. The street, lined with shops and restaurants, is a popular destination for locals and tourists.

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The Post and Courier reports that a suspect described as an “older black man wearing an apron and dressed like a kitchen staff member” and carrying a gun locked the door at the restaurant and told about 30 people seated there, “I am the new king of Charleston.?

In a press conference, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the shooting was “not a hate crime” and the incident was caused by a “disgruntled employee.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Patrick is a content editor for Rare.
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