Police in Maryland are responding to a hostage situation at a Burger King fastfood restaurant. A SWAT team and negotiators arrived at the scene after a man holding a gun ran into the restaurant.
A seven-year-old girl is among those being held captive by the armed suspect, according to Baltimore police.
Two people have been released during the police operation at the scene, according to police spokesman T.J. Smith. The child still remains inside the restaurant, he added, saying that “negotiations are ongoing.”
The gunman is a suspect wanted on a rape charge, Smith said, adding that he fled from police before barricading himself in the restaurant at 1735 Washington Blvd.
Dozens of police officers are reportedly at the scene.
The suspect refused to pull over after he had been spotted by officers, according to the police spokesman. The armed man’s vehicle also collided with another vehicle, and the man then fled on foot into Burger King.
Family is upset at the situation and cops. Some tension as an uncle tries to walk toward the Burger King hostage scene. Cops intercept him.
— MolotovFlicker (@MolotovFlicker) July 17, 2016
There has reportedly been “some tension” between alleged family members of one of the hostages and the police, an eyewitness tweeted. In another post, she wrote she had been told the armed man was a “big… African American.”
Source: Daily News