Indiana hostage situation as it happened

A gunman fatally shot himself after holding several hostages for much of the day in Valparaiso, Ind.


  1. News of the hostage-taking first spread — like almost all major news today — with tentative soundings on social media.
  2. Local media were the first to firm up the details. Robert Blaszkiewicz, an assistant managing editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana, jumped in almost immediately, but other Valparaiso-area journalists quickly followed.
  3. Once authorities began releasing information, details followed quickly, accompanied by observations and photos from area residents drawn to the scene.
  4. Because the incident took place in a real estate office, it was especially compelling for people employed in the industry across the nation.