Panama City - A man used a pistol to take hostages at Tuesday's Bay County School Board meeting.
Starting a little after 2 p.m., the man addressed the school board briefly, before using a can of red spray paint to paint a large "V" with a circle around it on the wall of the building. The man pulled out a gun, and released the women and children from the room, taking the others hostage. Tensions built while the man questioned the school board. Shots were fired, and SWAT teams responded and burst in.
At this time, it's believed the man fired blanks at school board members, and was then been shot by authorities, or may have shot himself, though that is unclear at this time.
At this time (2:30 p.m.) streets in the area of the Nelson building have been shut down.
It's being reported that school board members were not injured.