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A shooter opened fire in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, prompting law enforcement, including snipers, to descend on the scene.

The shooting, which was first reported shortly after noon on Thursday, occurred at Virginia's On King restaurant, according to The Post and Courier.

The suspect, who has yet to be identified, has been apprehended and taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.

There is one confirmed fatality, according to Charleston police.

“This was not an act of terrorism,” said Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. “This was not a hate crime. This was a disgruntled employee.”

The shooter is reportedly an older black male who locked the restaurant's door and exclaimed that he was the “new king of Charleston.” The man held a revolver and was dressed like he was a member of the kitchen staff.

Police, according to CNN, ordered people in nearby businesses to evacuate.

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