A middle aged man with what appeared to be bomb taped to his chest has taken two hostages at Clinton campaign headquarters in Rochester, New Hampshire.
ROCHESTER – Part of downtown Rochester has been evacuated as police respond to an armed standoff with hostages at Hillary Clinton's local headquarters. Two volunteers are believed to be hostages.
The incident began at about 1 p.m.
In an interview with WMUR, Lettie Tzizik, an employee of a nearby medical supply company, said a woman who had been released with her small child by the intruder fled to her nearby worksite to seek help. The woman said a man with pepper-and-salt hair in his 40s with what appeared to be a bomb duct-taped to his chest had entered the office and ordered everyone onto the floor.
Former U.S. Attorney Bill Shaheen, a high-ranking Clinton campaign official, said two volunteers were being held captive. He confirmed Tzizik's account of the apparent bomb.
State Police Maj. Michael Hambrook said that the state police bomb squad was en route to the North Main Street scene of the standoff.
"Hopefully, they're going to negotiate this so no one gets hurt," Shaheen told WMUR-TV.
Authorities were sending a tactical bomb unit to assist local police, said Maj. Michael Hambrook of New Hampshire State Police.