Breaking News: There’s a hostage situation at a Clinton campaign office in New Hampshire, as a man claiming to have a bomb has taken two campaign staff members hostage.
MSNBC has reported that, “WNBC-TV in New York quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying the man wanted to speak with Clinton.” The hostage situation began happened at about 1 p.m. Friday at 28 Main St. in Rochester, NH.
The man had what appeared to be a bomb strapped to himself inside the Democrat’s office, according to Bill Shaheen, a top state campaign official.
A witness said that she spoke to a woman shortly after she was released from the office by the hostage-taker.
“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,” witness Lettie Tzizik said.
Witnesses described the man as in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair.
Hillary Clinton was in Washington, D.C. at the time the incident began. She has canceled a speaking engagement at the DNC winter meeting and is reported to be meeting with staffers.
Rochester, NH boasts a population of about 28,500 and it’s about 70 miles north of Boston, MA.. It’s a sleepy little community in in central, southern New Hampsire. I actually have family living in Rochester.
Police are reported to have “surrounded the building, evacuated the immediate area and placed other buildings, including a nearby school, under lockdown.”
“There are sharpshooters on the roof, and police are negotiating with someone in the building,” another witness told WMUR-TV. “There are fire trucks behind the Hillary Clinton office.”