Gunman Holding Firemen Hostage Killed; Hostages OK

Authorities say a gunman holding four firefighters in suburban Atlanta has been shot dead by SWAT members and that all the hostages are slightly injured but should be OK.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Wednesday evening that a SWAT officer has been shot in the hand.

Minutes before the police announcement, one big explosion followed by several smaller ones or gunshots were heard in the Suwanee neighborhood about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Police and fire officials say five firefighters responded to what seemed like a routine medical call in Suwanee and were eventually taken hostage by an unidentified suspect inside the house. They say one was let go to move the fire truck.

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One big explosion followed by several smaller ones or gunshots have been heard in the Georgia neighborhood where a gunman is holding four firefighters hostage in a home.

At about 7:30 one explosion shook the area and authorities moved onlookers and media farther back in Suwanee, about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta. More blasts followed.

Authorities say five firefighters responded to the call in Suwanee and were eventually taken hostage by an unidentified. The gunman released one of the firefighters to move a fire truck.

An ambulance was seen leaving the subdivision.

SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are on the scene.

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Authorities in northeast Georgia say a gunman has barricaded himself in a home and is holding four firefighters hostage.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter says five firefighters on Wednesday responded to a medical call in Suwanee. They were taken hostage by a suspect he didn't identify but says the gunman released one to move the fire truck.

Ritter says information on a possible motive was not immediately available and a SWAT team and negotiator are in contact with the man.

Fire department Capt. Tommy Rutledge says there is no indication any of the firefighter has been hurt. He says the medical call seemed routine and firefighters did not believe there was any danger.

Television helicopter footage shows police and fire trucks surrounding the neighborhood of mostly two-story homes and well-kept lawns about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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