News broke today on a hostage situation in one of Senator Clinton’s presidential campaign offices in Rochester, New Hampshire. At 1 P.M, eye witnesses say a man in his 40’s with salt and pepper hair walked into the Hillary for ’08 Office, said he had a bomb and demanded to speak with Senator Hillary Clinton. Several buildings including Obama’s and Edwards’ campaign offices were evacuated as well as St. Elizabeth Seaton School.
Original reports stated there were four or five hostages at the beginning of the situation.
The man let a mother and her infant go before slamming the door closed, witnesses said.
“A young woman with a 6-month or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, ‘You need to call 911,’” witness Lettie Tzizik told WMUR-TV.
“‘A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape.’”
Video on two female hostages walking out of the office were released and a report of another hostage release has surfaced, however there is still conflicting reports on the safety of all hostages. There may or may not be one or more hostages still within the campaign office.
Senator Clinton was due to speak at the National Virgina Democratic Committee today but canceled her appearance. Senator Clinton was in no immediate danger and spent most of her day in Washington D.C.
Statement from Senator Clinton’s Office
There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate.
Current reports place the name of the suspect has Leland Eisenberg who has had a history with stalking.
From the Campaigns
“We’re all in solidarity with Hillary at this moment when we think about what she’s going through and what her staff is going through at this moment,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who is also running for president.
Kucinich said it was a sad commentary on the state of the nation when people feel that “the only way they can express themselves is through violence.”
Fellow presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) added, “We pray that this all works out and we wish Hillary the best of luck.”