UPDATE (3:34 p.m.): The hostage situation is over. One person was killed, and the gunman was critically wounded.
BREAKING: Mayor: Hostage situation has ended in Charleston after gunman shot and wounded; employee who was shot has died.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 24, 2017
UPDATE (2:57 p.m.): Shooter is reportedly down.
Police breaking down perimeter, allowing people closer to scene. One officer told citizens shooter is down. #chsnews— Andrew Knapp (@offlede) August 24, 2017
UPDATE (2:53 p.m.): Someone has been removed from the restaurant on a stretcher. This came after a "bang" was heard on the site.
Paramedics just carried someone out of Virginia's on King in Charleston on a stretcher. #chsnews— Andrew Knapp (@offlede) August 24, 2017
UPDATE (1:55 p.m.): Charleston police do not believe that the incident is related to terrorism or is a hate crime. There are confirmed hostages.
The shooter is further described as a "disgruntled restaurant employee." One person has been shot.
BREAKING: Mayor: Disgruntled restaurant employee shoots 1, holds hostages in Charleston, South Carolina.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 24, 2017
There are reports of an active shooter in Charleston, South Carolina in a restaurant. Parts of a street are blocked off and SWAT officers are on the scene.
The shooter may have hostages.
There are no reports yet of any injuries or casualties.
This story will be updated as details become available.