VA - 3 Hostages Being Held Inside Post Office 12/23/09

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  1. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    WYTHEVILLE, Va. — Authorities in Wytheville are dealing with a hostage situation at the town's post office, and Virginia State Police have responded with a SWAT team and bomb technician.

    Mayor Trent Crewe says five hostages are inside the building, including three employees and two customers. Shots have been fired, but Crewe says no injuries have been reported.

    The situation began at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The suspect has not been identified.

    A state police spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, but could not confirm whether the situation involves the threat of explosives.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,581012,00.html
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    Raisincharlie found this for us:

    Wytheville - this channel has several videos up and has sent crews directly to the scene -

    http://www.wdbj7.com/
     
  5. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    Snipped from http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=11723885
     
  6. raisincharlie

    raisincharlie Racing Doesn't Lie

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    This channel is currently live streaming and will be again at 6 pm ET - they are expecting a news conference according to the 5 pm reports streamed.

    Man apparently has military expertise with explosives.
     
  7. Starry Night

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    Oh gosh-this makes me so nervous for the poor hostages. Praying hard for a peaceful outcome.
     
  8. mysticrose

    mysticrose The key to change... is to let go of fear

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    BREAKING NEWS: Gunman holds hostages in Wytheville Post Office

    The sound of cascading sirens mixed with the sharp report of multiple gunshots Wednesday afternoon as an armed man, reportedly strapped with explosives, shut down Main Street and other roads surrounding the Wytheville Post Office.

    According to police on the scene, the man had five hostages and five pounds of C-4, a common plastic explosive, strapped to his wheelchair. Officers on the scene were encouraging the man to contact a hostage negotiator through 911

    http://www.swvatoday.com/news/artic...olds_hostages_in_wytheville_post_office/6539/
     
  9. Sharedspirit

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    5 lbs of C-4.. that's a lot isn't it? Anyone know what kind of damage that would do?
     
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    mysticrose The key to change... is to let go of fear

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    Anyone heard of the hostages have been let go, or if the situation has ended? It's been almost 5 hours since it began..

    How terrifying for the hostages, and their families.
     
  12. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    From the 7:08 update at the above link...

    One of our photographers is close to police near the post office, and says he saw someone walk into the building, and another person walk out. He could not tell who the people were.

    So, people are walking in and out of the post office???
    I'm confused.
     
  15. Liz

    Liz I am not a chemist and this is not my 1st rodeo

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    Praying that this comes to a peaceful resolution with no injuries!
     
  16. Liz

    Liz I am not a chemist and this is not my 1st rodeo

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    Might have been a pizza delivery. No lie - and I'm not kidding! Fox News reported that the guy's only request so far was for a pizza!
     
  17. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    ***THE RUMOR*** on some of the site's comment section is that 3 people were killed and 4 injured.

    I've seen the same thing posted in comments section on 2 sites.
     
  18. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Yeah, I saw that too. Crazy.

    ETA: Wouldn't want to be the delivery guy.
     
  19. Sharedspirit

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    They've evacuated 3 city blocks around the building. I guess that must mean that 5lbs of C-4 could do a lot of damage.
     
  20. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    It's been an hour since last update on the local news site I have been watching. (Thanks for the link Starry Night)

    I wish they would update.
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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