The gunman that entered the Virginia’s on King restaurant in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, shot and killed one person and took several others hostages has been shot by police ending the crisis.
Police respond to active shooter situation on King Street in downtown Charleston https://t.co/dazRyolJ6Y
— WPDE ABC15 (@wpdeabc15) August 24, 2017
Witnesses say an older black man wearing an apron and dressed like a kitchen staff member walked through the front door holding a small caliber revolver. He locked the door and said, “I am the new king of Charleston.”
A police spokesman told reporters that the man is a disgruntled former employee of the restaurant.
The gunman then herded customers to the back of the restaurant where several were able to exit through two side doors.
One person has been shot and transported to a local hospital. Several others are being held hostage.
BREAKING: Mayor: Disgruntled restaurant employee shoots 1, holds hostages in Charleston, South Carolina. https://t.co/6MtTNYIGZ0
— NBC4 Columbus (@nbc4i) August 24, 2017
Other witnesses said that the man looked like “an ordinary grandpa, but he had a crazy look. It was very crazy.”
Active shooter situation on King Street in Charleston. pic.twitter.com/DB3AlTLbyW
— Fred Rindge (@SCpigskin) August 24, 2017
The Charleston School of Law is locked down the campus and canceled 1:30 classes.
The city has asked that we lockdown campus until the shooter situation is resolved. 1:30 classes are cancelled.
— Charleston School of Law (@Charleston_Law) August 24, 2017
While most took to social media to pray for the victim, shooter and hostages, others used the incident to express their racist tendencies or whatever the hell this is:
Alice has since made her account private. The backlash was quick and furious.
— CRobinS (@In2HotH2O) August 24, 2017