1 Dead, 1 Critical In Hostage Scenario At Charleston Restaurant

CHARLESTON — A hostage situation and shooting that left one dead and the other Charleston has ended, according to Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Charleston police were called on an active shooter about 12:17 p.m. and reacted to Virginia’s on King, a restaurant at 412 King St. Multiple agencies responded, including SWAT and also a hostage negotiation team,  according to Charles Francis, spokesman for the Charleston Police Department.

The Associated Press that he was told the shooter was a secretary who had been angry with a man chef, who had been shot was told by the owner of Virginia’s.

Francis said the gunman was shot by police and has been taken into a local hospital where he is in critical condition.  

At a news conference held Thursday afternoon, Tecklenburg said the shooter was a disgruntled employee.

“This isn’t a act of terrorism,” said Tecklenburg. “This is not a hate crime.” Authorities could not confirm the worker was disgruntled.

The affected region comprised a portion of the College of Charleston campus and was from Marion Square, a park that hosts events and  also the city farmer’s market. It’s also about a quarter of a block from Emanuel AME Church, the site of a shooting which left nine people dead in June 2015.