Police spokesman Charles Francis says King Street is blocked off between Calhoun and Morris to both motorists and pedestrians because of an "active shooter" situation within the 400 block of King Street.
Mayor John Tecklenburg emphasized to reporters during a news conference that: "This is not act of terrorism". This was not a hate crime. "This was a tragic case of a disgruntled individual, I think with a history of some mental health challenges, who took his anger into his own hands", he said.
Several hostages are holed up inside a Southern-style restaurant called Virginia's, in the heart of downtown Charleston, according to Charleston police spokesperson Charles Francis.
Mayor Tecklenburg confirms that one person has died in Charleston shooting earlier today. Patsy Plant told the paper he looked like "an ordinary grandpa, but he had a insane look".
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He further said that more than 80 per cent of the pilgrims had already left Madina for Makkah where they performed lesser Hajj. It is expected to draw around two million Muslims from around the world.
Taylor says the restaurant on tourist-heavy King Street was packed at lunchtime and his officers helped rescue the wounded man and a number of diners. Authorities instructed people inside to stay inside and those outside to leave the area.
The gunman appears to be disgruntled employee or former employee.
The Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch, the Charleston Police Department, Charleston City Fire, and Charleston County EMS have all responded to the scene. Andrew Locke, another salon employee, said the situation was "nerve-wracking", especially in trying to take care of customers. He did not say whether they were any injuries or give any description of a suspect. The suspect, Dylann Roof, was sentenced to death in the shooting.
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