Charleston:‘Active Shooter Situation’: Hostages still remain Inside

With hostages remaining trapped inside Virginia’s On King, a popular Southern cuisine restaurant, police of Charleston say one individual has been shot and the active shooter remains.

The street between Calhoun and Morris Street is currently closed due to an active shooter on site.Active Shooter

SWAT and medics are all currently on the scene.


The first shooting was reported around 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, and police officials were quickly able to find one injured person.

However, it is still unclear how many hostages are remaining inside. Witnesses claim the active shooter situation appeared to start within Virginia’s.

According to daily caller:

Police are reporting an “active shooter situation” in downtown Charleston, S.C., near the King Street area.

Charleston police are requesting that the public avoid downtown, and employees working near a restaurant called Virginia’s –the location where police believe the active shooter is still located — are reportedly on lockdown, The Post & Courier report.

An elderly black man entered Virginia’s dressed like a member of the kitchen staff and was wielding a small caliber revolver in his left hand. The man promptly locked the front door and told the restaurant’s patrons, “I am the new king of Charleston.”

Hostage negotiators are on the scene, along with SWAT team members and medics to care for any wounded. Police are reporting that one person was shot and there are still a few hostages inside Virginia’s.

“I saw guns drawn at the entrance to Virginia’s,” Sarah Cobb, an owner of a boutique store near Virginia’s, told reporters. Cobb reportedly did not hear any gunfire but saw SWAT team members with rifles on the scene.

SWAT teams are currently positioned near Virginia’s, and no injuries have been reported at this time.

Charleston police reportedly told store owners to call their employees and tell them not to return to the office until police report everything is clear.

Virginia’s is located only a few blocks away from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where Dylan Roof gunned down nine black members in June 2015.

This post will continue to be updated as more details become available.