A man who fatally shot an employee Thursday at a restaurant in South Carolina has been shot and wounded by police, the mayor of Charleston told reporters.
The owner of the restaurant where the gunman was holding hostages Thursday said he was told the man is a former dishwasher who was angry with and shot a male chef.
John Aquino told WCSC-TV that he thinks the gunman was fired and came back to Virginia's in downtown Charleston on Thursday to get revenge.
Tom and Patsy Plant told The Post and Courier of Charleston they were eating at Virginia's restaurant and saw a man come out of the kitchen with a gun in his hand who said, "There's a new boss in town."
The man looked like "an ordinary grandpa, but he had a crazy look," the couple said. They were able to escape out a back door.
Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said officers were able to get the injured man out of the restaurant after the lunchtime shooting. Francis did not give any details of the man's condition.
Francis said the shooter is holding a small number of hostages, but he has declined to give an exact number.
Witnesses said the man let diners, waitresses and some kitchen staff out of the restaurant.
Authorities said a hostage negotiation team tried to talk to the gunman. The gunman was eventually shot by police.
Charleston police warned people nearby to stay inside buildings or leave during the hostage situation.
The site is a few blocks away from Emanuel AME church, where nine black members of a church were killed by a white man during a June 2015 Bible study. Dylann Roof was sentenced to death in the case.