Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Police officials say a suspect who took a Goose Creek bowling alley employee hostage and fired a gun surrendered following a standoff on Tuesday.
Authorities say the incident happened at the Royal Lanes on Central Avenue.
According to Goose Creek PD spokesman Capt. Jon Grainger, officers responded to the bowling alley around 5:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired in the manager's office.
Grainger said officers determined that a male gunman had entered the office and held an employee against his will for several minutes.
At one point, police say the gunman fired a single shot.
Jordan Powell said she was getting ready to bowl when she heard the shot.
"I was walking to the lane getting ready to take my turn and 'Boom!' it just happened," Powell said."Everyone just kind of froze. We weren't really certain at first what it was."
"We heard what sounded like a gunshot right behind us in the office," said a witness."A young lady said it smelled like gun residue...so we all left the building."
Powell said everyone eventually left the building and were moved to a nearby field.
Grainger said the suspect held the employee for a few minutes. According to police, the gunman stayed in the manager's office after the employee left.
Police and SWAT then surrounded the area and attempted to negotiate with the suspect to come out of the office.
Authorities say the suspect eventually surrendered around 7:10 p.m. Grainger said no one was injured in the incident.
Witnesses in the area took pictures around 5:40 p.m. of law enforcement surrounding the bowling alley with weapons drawn.
"I was scared because of all the stories about the shootings that have been happening down here," Powell said."That was just the first thing that came to mind when I heard the shot."
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