Update (1:52 p.m. EDT): The hostage-taker just surrendered and nobody was hurt, police said, via local station WTAE.
Original: The hostage situation unfolding in Pittsburgh on Friday has a unique voice commenting on the action: That of the alleged hostage taker himself, who is keeping his Facebook page updated as police try to talk him into releasing the victims. "I cant take it no more im done bro," wrote Klein Michael Taxton, who police say walked into the 16th-floor offices of the employee benefits firm CW Breitsman Associates shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday, asked for a man there who hasn't been identified, and took him hostage, according to the Associated Press's Joe Mandak. The building in downtown Pittsburgh has been evacuated and the suspect, who police said had a military background, is reportedly calm. According to his Facebook page he's a graduate of Triangle Tech, a Pittsburg technical school, and works at a place called Pauly's Car Garage. His Facebook posts suggest someone upset but not suicidal. In one, he says goodbye to his father and sister, but not because he plans to die: "I'll live n jail," he wrote. His most recent came about an hour ago:
-Fake mafukaz, thats the shyt i dnt like!
-stop postn silly shyt bruh i aint laughin rite now nigga!
Three hours ago his posted this farewell of sorts:
-this life im livn rite now i dnt want anymore ive lost everything and i aint gettn it back instead of walkn around all broke n shyt while niggas stunt on me n shyt
-welln pops youll never have to woryy about me again you'll nevr need to by me anything no need to ever waste ur hard earned money on me. i'll live n jail you dnt want me around anymore thats kool bye...i love u assata sis
-how this ends is up to yall bro real shyt
-i cant take it no more im done bro
Meanwhile, some tried to talk him down:
Thaxton also posted his phone number, but a call there went straight to voicemail, which was full. He's obviously becoming something of a phenomenon because his Facebook page says he has too many friend requests to accept any more. So far, Thaxton hasn't said what he wants to gain from the hostage-taking -- or if he has, police haven't made it public -- but presumably he'll keep us and the police updated. Hopefully with no violence.
Update (1:05 p.m. EDT): The page appears to have been taken offline, but we managed to get some more screen shots:
Update (1:20 p.m. EDT): Bloomberg social media director and Atlantic veteran Jared Keller points out via Twitter that the cover art that adorned Thaxton's Facebook, a work by Alex Williamson, comes from an Atlantic story by Jeffrey Goldberg, about the effects of a nuclear Iran:
Update (1:45 p.m. EDT): Local police contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office, which asked Facebook to take the page down, Reuters' Matthew Keys tweets after a press conference with Pittsburgh police.