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Disney World Hostage Standoff Continues

Aired June 29, 2000 - 3:43 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Lou Waters again at CNN Center.

Our attention is focused here at the Walt Disney World Resort deluxe hotel, the BoardWalk Inn, which we now understand has been sealed off and evacuated. Disney World spokesman Bill Warren said it is his understanding this is a domestic dispute. Asked to elaborate, he says: "We are told it's somehow related to a dispute between husband and wife."

A man is in one of the rooms of the hotel claiming to be heavily armed and holding a hotel food-service worker hostage -- also a small child. SWAT teams from the Orange County Sheriff's Department and emergency medical teams are in the area trying to resolve this situation. This is in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The hotel, if you know the area, is directly across the street from the Disney-MGM studios.

The hotel, again, has been evacuated. Traffic is being rerouted. Police are working on this tense situation.

And we will keep you posted as we continue covering the story.

I'm Lou Waters.

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