SWAT Called to Handle Hostage Situation in Pittsburgh High-Rise


Pittsburgh SWAT responded to an incident in a downtown office high-rise on Friday morning. They’re reportedly dealing with an armed man on the 16th floor of a 24-story building who has taken at least one hostage.

A witness who works on the 16th floor identified the business where the hostage situation was unfolding as CW Breitsman Associates, a firm that helps businesses run employee benefits programs.

Hundreds have people have gathered around the building to watch as the situation unfolds. No shots have been reported. [NY Daily News]

UPDATE: The hostage-taker is apparently a 22-year-old man who is posting Facebook updates while negotiating with police. [Associated Press]