U.S. restaurant hostage-taker shot by police

US Police shoot ‘disgruntled employee’ who killed former co-worker took hostages in Charleston

At least one person was shot and killed and another was injured, police said, according to Fox News, citing the city's mayor.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said a shooting was reported just after noon on King Street, which is a row of restaurant and shops where tourists frequently gather. Police are reporting that one person was shot and was immediately rushed to the hospital. This was not a hate crime.

Witnesses at the restaurant said a man came out of the kitchen, told them there was a new boss in town and ordered them out. Heavy police and SWAT presence has been claimed by several eyewitnesses.

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In a few moments, Charleston officials are expected to give a press conference informing the public of the situation, and possibly identifying the shooter and the victim.

The man looked like "an ordinary grandpa, but he had a insane look", the couple said.

"I saw guns drawn at the entrance to Virginia's", Sarah Cobb, an owner of a boutique store near Virginia's, told reporters. "This was a disgruntled employee".

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Nearby businesses have also been evacuated to avoid possible casualties. Police are negotiating with the gunman. The Siegerts said they escaped out a back door and didn't know how many people were left behind.

Swat teams, a bomb disposal unit and medics have been sent to the area.

People working in the area surrounding Virginia's on King said authorities had put the area on lock down.

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