CNN is reporting that a hostage situation has occurred at Hillary Clinton’s Rochester, NH campaign headquarters. A woman and baby managed to get away and alerted a nearby store clerk to call police. The assailant has been identified as Lee Eisenberg.
She reported that at approximately 1:00pm EST a man with a bomb strapped to his chest had entered Hillary’s campaign office and spread his coat open to reveal the device. She described the man as in his 40′s with salt and pepper colored hair.
Police have surrounded the building and are said to be crouching behind police cruisers with guns drawn. It is unclear how many people are inside the Clinton headquarters building – but there is speculation that at least one person is being held. Offices near the office building have been evacuated.
Hillary was planning to speak at a Democratic National Committee event this afternoon but has canceled that engagement in light of the hostage situation. Those waiting to hear her speak were informed by a committee member of the hostage situation.
Clinton was in New York when the news first become public. It is unclear whether she has made her way to the New Hampshire area.
A statement on her website says:
“There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate.”
We’ve included a recent picture of one released hostage being escorted away from the building. Click on the thumbnail photo below for a better view.