Reports of a woman brandishing a rifle and entering Trump Tower during a domestic-related incident has seen SWAT crews swarm the Chicago building.
🚨#BREAKING: Woman armed with a rifle walks inside trump tower hotel
Currently numerous authorities and SWAT officers are on the scene at Trump tower international hotel in Chicago Illinois after a Woman armed with a rifle walks into the building reports… pic.twitter.com/YDWLlw7zcb
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police said SWAT officers responded Wednesday to a domestic incident at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, located in the city’s central Loop near the Chicago River.
The large police presence outside the condo-hotel quickly drew attention from workers and tourists in the busy area.
“At this time, we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public,” Chicago Police media representatives said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
At least one police helicopter is also at the scene and the road outside has been closed in both directions while police surround the scene and investigate.
Footage from the scene shows multiple police vehicles and officers swamping the area near and around the entrance of the building.
At about 11.35am local time (5.35 pm BST), the woman was seen brandishing a rifle and entering the Trump Tower, two law enforcement sources told the Chicago Sun.
Locals and bystanders are reporting on social media that the building and the surrounding area have been put on lockdown.
SWAT TEAM SURROUNDING BUILDING
Others reported that the SWAT team have surrounded the building.
ABC reported Maher Kawash wrote on Twitter: “Massive police/ SWAT presence at the Trump Tower in Chicago as Wabash Ave is shut down.
“Chicago Police could only confirm there was a “call of service” & we are awaiting more details. Police clearing people out from the area.”
The reporter later added that this is an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the public.
SWAT team has surrounded Trump Tower in Chicago after a women entered the building brandishing a rifle. pic.twitter.com/ZlmSENDGXT
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A tweet by Chicago Police read: “SWAT officers are on-scene in the 400 block of N. Wabash for a domestic-related incident.
“At this time, we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.
“Media staging is at Grand/Wabash. Updates will be provided when available.”
Police were reportedly called to an apartment on the 27th floor of the skyscraper.