We turn now to the hostage situation overnight in a bank in louisiana. A man taking people hostage tuesday afternoon, in a tense standoff with police that lasted well into the night. Pierre thomas... See More
We turn now to the hostage situation overnight in a bank in louisiana. A man taking people hostage tuesday afternoon, in a tense standoff with police that lasted well into the night. Pierre thomas joins us from washington with the very latest. Good morning, pierre. Reporter: Good morning, lara. Police were hoping to resolve this standoff peacefully. But it ended in a bloody spray of gunfire. Shortly before midnight, police stormed the bank, after they say the gunman indicated he was going to kill two hostages. According to police, as they entered the building, the suspect, identified as a 20-year-old, shot the hostages, both bank employees. Police killed the suspect, who they claim was armed with a handgun and a rifle. The confrontation began more than 12 hours earlier, when the gunman walked into the bank and began making bizarre demands. Police say the suspect was a paranoid schizophrenic who claimed he had been hearing devices, including from a device implanted in his head. Authorities believe it was not a bank robbery but a planned attack, by a man who wanted to torture his victims. There had been hope that the seize that began with three hostages would end peacefully, after one of them was released nine hours into the standoff. I really don't want to give any information. I don't want to give information how we're working on the negotiations, what's happening. I don't want to do anything to hamper the positive thing that's happened in this case. That's our goal. Reporter: It all unraveled quickly, as authorities had told us privately, they were concerned because they believed the man was suffering from mental illness and may have had access to a television in the bank. We have word this morning one of the two wounded hostages has died. And the second is in critical condition. George? Such a tough situation. Pierre, thanks very much.
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