Suspect shot, hostages rescued in Logan, New Jersey

LOGAN, N.J. – New Jersey police shot a man who was holding two women hostage at a UPS facility here, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore said Monday.

The hostages, described as UPS employees, have not suffered any serious injuries, the prosecutor said shortly after noon.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

The suspect did not surrender, the prosecutor said. It’s unclear how many shots were fired or which law enforcement agency shot the suspect.

The barricade situation, initially reported as an active shooter situation, was reported at 8:30 a.m. ET at the sprawling facility, Fiore said.

He said the suspect entered the sprawling warehouse and barricaded himself in a room with “two young women.”

The suspect is believed to have had a relationship of some sort with one of the women, Fiore said.

He said gunshots were reported earlier in the morning, but no one was believed to be injured at that time. 

The suspect was later shot after police tried to negotiate with him by telephone, Fiore said.

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Fiore initially described the hostage-taking at a news conference shortly before noon at Logan Township’s police department.

He returned a few minutes later to report the suspect had been shot.

Thirty-two workers at the warehouse were relocated to a nearby Holiday Inn before the suspect was shot, Fiore said. 

“All the people that were in harm’s way have in fact been evacuated,” the prosecutor said.

UPS confirmed it was working with police that responded to the supply chain processing facility.

“We cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time,” company spokesman Matthew O’Connor said in a statement.

Nearby schools were locked down amid a major police presence outside the UPS site. Police cars surrounded the loading dock and armed officers could be seen crouching behind one of the vehicles.

The facility has been described as a large warehouse in an industrial area between Interstate 295 and Route 130 near the Delaware River.

Employees at nearby industrial facilities were standing outside to catch any news on the incident.

Tony Lasala, an employee at a facility that manufactures metal parts, said he only found out about the incident across the street from the news.

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“We saw SWAT teams roll in here a little bit ago,” said Lasala. A police car with emergency lights and sirens sped by on Route 620 as Lasala and his co-workers tried to figure out what was going on. 

Shortly after 11 a.m., a police officer at the staging area was overheard telling another officer, “we’ve got a situation here.” A few minutes later, several unmarked black SUVs sped toward the incident.

Area schools sought to reassure parents and the public as the situation unfolded. 

The Logan Township School District announced on its website that schools were in a “modified lockdown” per a police directive, adding: “All staff and students are SAFE!” 

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