Pittsburgh police: Man holds hostage in high-rise

September 21, 2012 7:53:07 AM PDT
Pittsburgh's police chief says authorities are negotiating with an armed man who has taken a hostage in a downtown office building.

Police say the man entered the high-rise sometime after 8 a.m. Friday and went up to the 16th floor.

Chief Nate Harper says the man took one hostage inside a business after entering an office suite and asking about a particular person.

A witness who works on the 16th floor identified the business as CW Breitsman Associates, a firm that runs employee-benefits programs.

Harper says no shots have been fired and no injuries are reported.

Several hundred people milled around about a half-block from Three Gateway Center, a 24-story building, after police evacuated it.


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