Robbery Becomes Hostage Situation at NC Drug Store
BELMONT, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina say an attempted armed robbery has turned into a hostage situation at a drug store.
Police in Belmont were called to the CVS store shortly before 2 a.m. Friday.
Police Chief Charles Franklin said a gunman fired several shots at the first officers to arrive and they returned fire.
Police said the standoff became a hostage situation and state and local officers are on the scene, including the Gastonia Police SWAT team.
A negotiator is in communication with the gunman. A police statement said three hostages were released shortly after 4 a.m. It was unclear if there were other hostages in the store.
Sgt. John Wilson said there have been no injuries.
Streets in the area have been blocked off.
Belmont is about 15 miles west of Charlotte.