Police say shooting reported on King Street, a popular tourist area, as witnesses describe man emerging from kitchen with ‘a crazy look’

An angry employee shot one person on Thursday and was holding “a couple” others hostage at a crowded restaurant during lunchtime in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, authorities said.

Hostage negotiators were trying to talk to the man inside Virginia’s, Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference outside the restaurant on usually crowded King Street, a line of shops that caters to both tourists and residents in South Carolina’s largest and most historic city.

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