The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed on Tuesday that people are being held hostage in what appears to be a home invasion in Queens, New York City.
According to police, Emergency Service Unit (ESU) members are establishing a tactical plan, while Strategic Response Group (SRG) officers are securing the perimeter.
Aerial footage detailing the scene was released by police in a now-deleted tweet, as NYPD Chief of Special Operations, Harry J. Wedin, urged citizens to avoid the area of 125 Street, in South Ozone Park.
#HappeningNow— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) November 18, 2020
There is a hostage / barricaded situation @NYPD106Pct regarding a possible home invasion with armed perpetrators. #Aviation is providing overwatch #ESU members are establishing a tactical plan & #SRG members are securing the perimeter.
Avoid the area of 125 street pic.twitter.com/i0n1fKU5wd
According to local media, there are two people being held hostage, while police say negotiators are on their way.
No further details were immediately available.