Police rescue two from hostage situation outside Newark International Airport
New Jersey: Police have rescued two people from a hostage situation in US city of New Jersey, at a warehouse near the Newark International Airport on Friday.
SWAT teams surrounded the building at 451 Frelinghuysen Avenue. It is listed as an address of several manufacturing and shipping companies, and is about a block away from the Newark-Liberty International Airport transit station.
Police was called in around 1 p.m.(local time), after reports of a “person with a gun” inside the building.
Two people were evacuated from the roof by police, WABC reported, noting that they were the new owners of the building who were apparently confronted by a squatter armed with a shotgun. According to reports, the two were walking through their new property when they were taken at gun point
The drama unfolded mere minutes away from the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). A major hub for United Airlines, Newark is the second-busiest airport in the New York City area, serving 37.5 million passengers in 2015.
The suspect has reportedly been taken under custody.
A number of gun-related violence has taken place in America within the past few months. Recently, the State of Texas announced a law that allows students to take guns to campuses provided they had a permit. The law states that the guns have to be concealed. The Texan Republicans had defended the law by saying that mass shooters targeted no-guns zones to carry out their attacks.
The US’ Bill of Rights and the second amendment to the US constitution allows any law-abiding citizen to own or carry a gun. Forty-four states have a provision in their state constitutions similar to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to keep and bear arms