A disgruntled employee shot one person and is holding several other hostages in a restaurant in downtown Charleston, U.S. state of South Carolina, authorities said Thursday.

The shooting is not an act of terrorism or racism, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told a press conference.

“It’s a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment,” he said.

The mayor did not have the condition of the person who got shot, and said he didn’t know how many hostages are holed inside the restaurant,

The shooting was reported just after noon in downtown Charleston near a row of restaurants and shops popular with tourists, according to Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis.

Local reports said the police department sent SWAT teams and a bomb disposal unit to the area. Police are asking people to stay inside and those outside to avoid the area. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/