Gunman takes at least two hostage in Oklahoma office building

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 10, 2014 4:41 PM

(Reuters) - An armed man took at least two people hostage in an office building in Norman, Oklahoma, on Monday, prompting dozens of workers to flee for safety, police said.

"Negotiators have made contact with the suspect and a dialogue has been established," police in Norman, about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, said in a statement.

TV news crews showed dozens of people flooding out of the Nextep office building, which has been surrounded by police and emergency vehicles.

David Blair, a paralegal with the Farzaneh law office in the building, told local TV broadcaster News 9 that he spoke to one woman who was being held hostage.

"She seems OK. She was a little shaken up," he told the station, adding the gunman was allowing her to use her cellphone.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)