The owner of a colonial coffee shop in Charleston, S.C., said he and his wife were called to a shooting scene Thursday night.
They were told the building was under an evacuation order.
The couple said they were told to leave immediately and that police were called.
Charleston Fire Department spokesman Steve Nunn said a person in the coffee shop heard shots and was running out.
He said the man ran back inside, saw the coffee building was on fire and quickly ran back out.
Charleston fire officials evacuated the building and evacuated the entire building.
The owner told CBC News the coffee house had been a part of the family since 1958.
“It’s just a tragedy that happened in the middle of the day,” the owner said.
It’s never been a problem.” “
We’ve been doing this business for a long time.
It’s never been a problem.”
CBC News spoke with a man who lives nearby and said he saw people get out of the coffee store.
“The man said he got there right as it was going up and he saw the shooting,” the man said.
The man said the coffee houses were also known for having coffee with the owners of the local chain, The Cone, as well as the local food truck.
The Cone has been at the scene for about 10 minutes, Nunn told CBC.
The Coffee House owners told CBC they have been working with police to ensure the safety of their customers.
Police did not immediately provide a description of the suspect or say if any charges had been filed.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said at a news conference Thursday night that the incident is under investigation.
He also urged anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward.
Read more about the shooting and the shooting scene in Charleston here: Charlotte shooting, Charleston: Witnesses tell police officers were firing A woman who lives across the street from the coffee place told CBC she heard at least 10 gunshots.
She said she saw several people running across the parking lot of the building.
She also said she heard a gunshot and people screaming.
She said she ran out of her house and called police.
A resident at the coffee business, who declined to give his name, said he heard at about 9:30 p.m.
He saw people running away from the building with their hands up.
He told CBC he ran outside and saw a large man with a gun in his hand.
He then saw a police car and said that police officers came out and arrested a man.
It is the second time this month the coffee and tea shop has been evacuated.
On March 23, police told CBC that officers were called after someone called 911 saying a man with the Confederate flag was on the loose.
The building is located on the corner of North and South Main Streets.
ABC News’ Paula L. Gaskins contributed to this report.