5 US firefighters held hostage,police on scene

People embrace after police secured the scene where a barricaded gunman had taken four firefighters hostage.

Written by Associated Press | Suwanee,georgia | Published: April 11, 2013 1:30 pm

A gunman barricaded himself in a home outside Atlanta and was holding four firefighters hostage Wednesday after they responded to what seemed like a routine medical call,authorities said.

Five firefighters responded to a medical call and were taken hostage by an unidentified suspect inside the house,Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said. The gunman released one firefighter to move a fire truck. Authorities were not releasing information on what happened inside the home,but they said it didn’t appear any of the firefighters was hurt.

The gunman’s motive was unclear to police and fire officials,and a special police team and negotiator made contact with the suspect Wednesday evening. The medical call had seemed routine,and the firefighters did not believe there was any danger,said fire department Capt. Tommy Rutledge.

“Right now we just want our firefighters to be released. We want them to be able to go home safe to their families,” Residents were not being allowed into the neighborhood.

Multiple explosions have been heard in the U.S. neighborhood where a gunman is holding four firefighters hostage,but there are no immediate details. Authorities say five firefighters responded to what seemed like a routine medical call Wednesday. One was released to move a fire truck.

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