Members of the Clinton Police Department are on the scene of a hostage situation at the Jewel-Osco Store at 1307 N. 2nd St. in Clinton.

According to department officials, a 23-year-old male walked into the store at about 6:29 p.m. carrying a rifle. Either he or a store manager reportedly sounded a fire alarm to clear the building, and the suspect then took two employees hostage, one a female and the other a male.

The suspect, who is believed to have either quit or been fired as a store employee recently, is believed to be in a second-floor break room.

In excess of 20 law enforcement officials are on the scene, including a tactical team, state police, local police, fire department officials, negotiators and the Gateway Area H.E.A.T. unit.

Police have had telephone contact with the suspect, and no demands have been made, according to Clinton Police Capt. Mike Gertson.

Traffic in the area was being rerouted. Police were setting up barricades on 2nd Street at 11th Avenue North and Roosevelt at 11th Avenue North. They also were working at setting up barricades on 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th avenues at Pershing.

There were also concerns about residents in the area, and they were being asked to stay away from 2nd Avenue.

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