- News of the hostage-taking first spread — like almost all major news today — with tentative soundings on social media.
- 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.
- Once authorities began releasing information, details followed quickly, accompanied by observations and photos from area residents drawn to the scene.
- — Lyndsay Flores (@lyndsaynevada)Fri, May 25 2012 17:34:42When you watch a hostage situation go down before your eyes in the building you were on your way to... You have a whole new outlook on life
- — Justin Thompson-Gee (@JustinTGee)Fri, May 25 2012 17:50:02
- Because the incident took place in a real estate office, it was especially compelling for people employed in the industry across the nation.
- — Spinks Brown Durand (@SBDRealtors)Fri, May 25 2012 18:52:18Keeping the real estate office agents and employees in our thoughts. Hoping all come away from this ordeal safely. http://fb.me/1wfRVcSzR zR
- — Justin Thompson-Gee (@JustinTGee)Fri, May 25 2012 18:59:14LIVE Helicopter from Valparaiso, IN showing snipers on the roof http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/live-video-129648223.html?fullSite=y …o.com/on-air/as-seen-on/live-video-129648223.html?fullSite=y
Indiana hostage situation as it happened
A gunman fatally shot himself after holding several hostages for much of the day in Valparaiso, Ind.
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