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Photo caption: Police block off the area around Three Gateway Centeroffice building, rear, where they are negotiating with a man who claims to have a bomb, in downtown Pittsburgh Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A call about an armed man inside the building prompted an evacuation amid reports of a hostage situation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s police chief says authorities are negotiating with an armed man who has taken a hostage in a downtown office building.

Police say the man entered the high-rise sometime after 8 a.m. Friday and went up to the 16th floor.

Chief Nate Harper says the man took one hostage inside a business after entering an office suite and asking about a particular person.

A witness who works on the 16th floor identified the business as CW Breitsman Associates, a firm that runs employee-benefits programs.

Harper says no shots have been fired and no injuries are reported.

Several hundred people milled around about a half-block from Three Gateway Center, a 24-story building, after police evacuated it.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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