Mobile, Ala. (WALA/GRAY NEWS) – There is a heavy police presence in front of the Mobile Government Plaza in downtown Mobile as a result of the shooting and standoff.
Mobile Government Plaza houses the city and county courts and city and county governments.
Police received a report just after 10 a.m. that a man in a gray Honda had been shot inside a car in front of the plaza, Walla reported.
When emergency responders arrived to help, a man inside the car held a gun to his own head and threatened to shoot himself, police said.
MPD’s SWAT units and negotiators responded.
Police said it was unclear whether the man shot himself or someone else. Police said the situation was under control but advised citizens to stay away from the area.
Authorities were seen using a loudspeaker to communicate with the man inside the vehicle.
Police turn people away from Government Plaza. Several law enforcement vehicles, including tactical units, blocked Government Street traffic. The Bankhead Tunnel is closed.
The front gate of Government Plaza near the scene has been closed. People were leaving the building from other exits.
This is not the first time that the building has been damaged. In 1996, a gunman and a security guard were killed in a shootout in the building’s court lobby.
The Associated Press reported that the gunman in the 1996 incident set off a metal detector and opened fire.
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