Police are trying to convince an armed suspect to surrender and release his two hostages in what began as an active shooter situation Monday in New Jersey, reported ABC News.
According to authorities an armed gunman inside a UPS facility is holding two women hostage in Gloucester County. The incident allegedly began after the suspect reportedly became angry with an ex-girlfriend who worked at the complex. Shots have been fired but there have been no reports of injuries at this time.
Onlooker Ashlee Erikson posted a video showing police swarming the facility.
“From what I understand it was someone who did not work there that was having a confrontation with their significant other,” Erikson stated.
“Then there was a massive police presence as soon as we were walking out of the building, there were a good ten cop cars, they all had their guns drawn out heading toward the main entrance of the building,”
Another employee recounted that she heard a coworker scream, “everybody get out, he’s got a gun!”
While authorities maintain a perimeter, 32 other UPS employees have been transported safely to a nearby hotel.
Two Kingsway Regional SD buses transported UPS distribution center workers to a nearby Holiday Inn. An employee tells me a man angry with his ex came to the center this morning armed with a gun. @6abc pic.twitter.com/BpRvYUL7zS
— Jeff Chirico (@JeffChirico) January 14, 2019
The police presence within the complex is strong with armored trucks and bomb squad vehicles on scene. Local schools are on lockdown but authorities have stated that surrounding businesses and homes are not at risk.
UPS released the following statement.
“UPS is working with law enforcement as they respond to an active shooter situation at one of the company’s supply chain processing facilities in Logan Township, New Jersey. We cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time.”
Law Enforcement Today will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.