Yuliya Talmazan, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Shooting At Farm King Store In Macomb, Illinois: Gunman Dead
Update: Reports are now stating that the gunman is dead by what officials are saying is a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The name was not released but the body was found by a remote controlled tactical robot.
Update: There are still no reports of injuries or deaths. It is alleged two hostages were released and were seen walking away from the store. Some reports suggest six employees were escorted out of the store. It is not clear how many people remain trapped inside. The standoff continues. It is also being reported that the gunman has a semiautomatic weapon.
At least 20 shots have been fired at the police, as gunman remains barricaded at a Farm King store in Macomb, Illinois. The Farm King store where the shooting took place is on lock down with customers and employees allegedly trapped inside. It is being reported that they are ambulances and fire crews on site. No deaths or injuries have been reported at this point. The identity of the gunman is not known, but there are reports the gunman is a white male. The standoff continues at this time. There are unconfirmed reports that a SWAT team is about to enter the store.
More updates to follow.
Two employees are believed to be trapped inside the building, barricaded away from the shooter.
Law enforcement is asking citizens to stay away from East Jackson St. until further notice.
Police are on the scene and the area has been closed to traffic.