Police in South Dakota's largest city have emptied a strip mall and put two schools on lockdown following a reported hostage situation.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in South Dakota's largest city have emptied a strip mall and put two schools on lockdown following a reported hostage situation.
The incident was reported at about 1:30 p.m. at the Cost Cutters hair salon in the 41st Plaza on the city's west side. A witness told The Associated Press that two women carrying children have emerged from the salon. Nearby businesses and restaurants have been emptied as the city's SWAT team approaches.
Witness Gene Luke says he had to leave behind his car in the plaza's lot after eating at a restaurant because officers told him to "keep walking."
An official at O'Gorman Junior High and O'Gorman High says the schools' 750 students are on lockdown. Police are detouring traffic in the area of West 41st and Kiwanis.
At least one female victim is dead.