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PHOTOS: Active Shooter situation in Charleston, South Carolina, SWAT deployed

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There are reports of active shooter situation in Charleston, South Carolina. The news of the active situation first appeared of social media and was later verified by police. Police officials have said that they are already dealing with the situation and have deployed a large contingent of police in the area.

A CNN report has said that authorities have told the people to stay away from the downtown area, especially around King Street. The area seems to be jammed with gun totting police officers.

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CNN report while quoting Sarah Cobb, owner of MOSA boutique said, “Right now the streets are full of SWAT and police and people heavily armed. They are blocking off the whole block”.




While talking about the developing situation, Post and Courier newspaper said that a man brandishing a pistol walked into the restaurant, Virginia’s On King, while about 15 to 20 people were eating lunch. There were no immediate reports of shots fired, nor injuries. The newspaper quoted a couple, Tom and Patsy Plant, who said they were eating with their daughter Laura when the man walked in from the kitchen and said, “There’s a new boss in town.”

Meanwhile at around Around 1:00 p.m. local time, the Charleston police department posted the following message on Twitter, “King btwn Calhoun & Morris blocked to motorist & pedestrian traffic active shooter in 400 block of King people to avoid the area.”

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