iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A suspect was taken into custody after a hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery at a Jacksonville, Florida, bank, authorities said Thursday morning.
Eleven hostages are no longer inside, authorities said, adding that nobody was shot.
A bank robbery was in progress earlier Thursday morning when authorities arrived at the scene, and officials said a gunman was then holding hostages inside the bank. Authorities said multiple people were believed to be inside the Community First Credit Union, but the number of people was not clear.
It is unknown if there are any injuries, officials said.
While the hostage situation was unfolding, the mother of a bank employee told local news station First Coast News that she hadn’t been able to reach her 45-year-old daughter, who she knew had left for work that morning.
“I don’t know what is going on,” the employee’s mother said, appearing emotional. “She just had a birthday.”
Directly across the street from the bank is a daycare and church with staff members and children inside. One woman said they were trapped inside the day care and church building because of the police and fire trucks blocking the street. She told ABC News she wasn’t not scared, saying, “We have God.”
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