Police release part of 911 call from CVS hostage standoff

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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BELMONT, N.C. - Belmont police released five minutes of a six-hour recording of a 911 call from a clerk inside a CVS when police say a gunman. Edward Russ, held three employees hostage.

Belmont Police Chief Charlie Franklin said his officers had no idea what they were facing when they responded to the CVS on Wilkinson Friday.

Investigators said Russ held three workers for more than five hours and even shot at police officers at one point.

In the 911 recording, a clerk first calmly tells police that a gunman was in the store standing right next to him.

The next minute, you hear screams and gunfire.

"He says don't try to come inside the store," the clerk said on the 911 call. "I'm here. Listen to me, listen to me."

Then gunshots can be heard on the recording.

No one was hurt during the standoff.

Police released five minutes of that recording to Eyewitness News.

Russ remains behind bars in Gaston County.