WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) -- At least three people have left a small-town Virginia post office including a man in a wheelchair who is being searched.
The three left the building in Wytheville (WITH-vill) after authorities ordered a man holding hostages to surrender.
Authorities are not saying if one of the people was the suspect.
Authorities had been negotiating with the unidentified suspect to release the hostages who had been held since mid-afternoon Wednesday.
Shots were fired earlier, but there were no reports of injuries. Relatives say the hostages have been able to contact them by phone.
Wytheville is a town of about 8,500 in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.