Hostage standoff in downtown Charleston restaurant

A disgruntled former employee allegedly opened fire, killing one worker and taking another hostage.
1:29 | 08/25/17

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tonight, the hostage standoff in downtown, Charleston, south Carolina. Schools and businesses put on lockdown as S.W.A.T. Teams then moved in. Here's ABC's Steve osunsami. Reporter: Frightened tourists and residents ran from this packed restaurant as the shooter ran in. A man came up to the door in white, and I went over to ask if everything was okay and if I could help him and he locked the door and put a gun in my belly and told me to get on the floor. Reporter: Around a quarter past noon, at Virginia's, in the heart of Charleston's busy entertainment district, police say a former dishwasher came back looking for his old boss and then shot and killed the executive chef. I went out to see what was going on and I saw a cook coming by and he was very visibly shaken and I said what happened and he said the boss man was shot. Reporter: At 12:21, the police arrive with S.W.A.T. Teams, dogs and snipers on rooftops. Suspect is currently on scene at 412 king street. Reporter: People in a building across the street took this picture of paramedics at work. The gunman was still inside, holding one person hostage, and telling everyone else to get on the floor and crawl out the restaurant. The standoff ended around 2:30 P.M. When police say they shot and critically wounded the gunman. His family, is seen here waiting outside, in tears. Police say the gunman has history of mental health issues. And tell us that the person he held hostage got out safely. David? Steve osunsami, thank you.

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