'Every day, be thankful' to first responders, says Charleston mayor after hostage situation

A disgruntled ex-employee took a gun to Virginia's, a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina.
1:58 | 08/24/17

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It began. This book earlier today. With the disgruntled and employee. They came to back to his place of employment which has Virginia's. A restaurant. What the gun and killed an individual in the restaurant. Held another hostage for some time. This was not a terrorist act. This was not a hate crime this was the case tragic case of a disgruntled individual. I think with a history of mental health challenges. And world. Two took his anger and through its own hands and we've tragically lost a member of our community today. The the situation did play out wit. The hostage B. Safe he's safe. The assailant. Has been shot and has been taken to a local hospital. He's an incredible critical condition. I can't thing. The members of our. First responders are Charlton police and fire department the sheriff's department chair can let me. Chief Taylor Jerome Taylor's Whitney. This afternoon. Chief of Charleston police department. And a I got it today these these brave men and women. Who provide. Public safety to our community they did an incredible job. We we should every day be thankful you never know what day they're going to be needed for. Any kind of situation and they are there to protect. Protect our community and our citizens. I'm saddened by this tragic. Situation. So thankful to or for providers.

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