Pittsburgh police: Man holds hostage in high-rise

By The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s police chief says authorities are negotiating with an armed man who has taken at least one hostage in a downtown office building.

Police say the man entered the building sometime after 8 a.m. Friday and went up to a 16th floor office suite inside Three Gateway Center.

Chief Nate Harper says the man took at least one hostage — possibly two hostages — inside a business after entering the suite and asking about a particular person.

A witness who works on the 16th floor identified the business where the hostage situation was unfolding as CW Breitsman Associates, a firm that helps businesses run employee benefits programs.

Harper says no shots have been fired and no injuries are reported.

Several hundred people milled around about a half-block from the 24-story building after police evacuated it.