Police: Hostages taken at Clinton office
ROCHESTER, N.H. – A man took an unknown number of people hostage at a New Hampshire campaign office for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, police said Friday.
The man claimed to have a bomb strapped to him when he walked into the office in Rochester, WHDH-TV reported.
Police said they believe two hostages were being held and that the man had released an adult and a child.
Bill Shaheen, chairman of Clinton’s campaign, said the hostages are two volunteer staffers. “Hopefully, they’re going to negotiate this so no one gets hurt,” Shaheen told WMUR-TV.
WMUR-TV quoted a woman, Lettie Tzizik, saying she spoke to someone who said she had just been released by the man.
“A young woman with a 6-month- or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, ‘You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,'” Tzizik said.
Police surrounded the building, evacuated the immediate area and placed other buildings, including a nearby school, under lockdown.
Clinton, who was scheduled to campaign in Virginia on Friday, was not at the office.