Apparent armed standoff ongoing at motel on U.S. 70 in Carteret County

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – An apparent standoff is underway at an Eastern Carolina motel.

Law enforcement converged on the Hostess House on U.S. 70 outside of Newport around 10:00 a.m.

A law enforcement source says there was a shooting at the motel and then the gunman barricaded himself inside one of the rooms.

An employee at a business across the street called it a standoff situation and that a SWAT team is on site. The employee said it appears authorities have evacuated the motel and are concentrating their efforts on one building in the complex.

He said traffic is still flowing on U.S. 70.

Stay with WITN-TV and for more on this developing story.