A terrifying situation in Iowa City took place on Monday, and videos and photos are going viral of the moment a man pulled the trigger. Before continuing, we want to warn you that some of these videos and links to videos could be disturbing to some.

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According to a press release from the Iowa City Police Department, officials said that at approximately 2 p.m., Iowa City Police responded to a welfare check at the Court Street Parking Ramp bus depot. Information received by police indicated a man was possibly armed and that a woman and children were involved.

The University of Iowa sent out a Hawk Alert at 2:14 p.m. notifying people to avoid the area and of the situation.

Responding officers encountered a man, woman, and children inside the bus depot. Upon seeing the officers, the man made threatening comments and fled with the woman into the parking ramp. Iowa City Police followed the man and woman into the ramp and attempted to establish communication with the man, who appeared to be armed and continued to make threatening comments.

Despite efforts to de-escalate the situation by the Iowa City Police Department, the man shot himself. Aid was immediately rendered at the scene and the man was taken via ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. The man is in stable condition and no other injuries were reported.

At 2:49 p.m., the University of Iowa sent another Hawk Alert announcing that the Iowa City Police Department said the situation was resolved and people could continue to resume normal activities.

Iowa City Police identified the man who shot himself in a press release on Tuesday. Carldale D. Hunter, 33, faces the following charges:

  • Second-degree kidnapping
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Going armed with intent
  • Domestic abuse while displaying a weapon
  • Child endangerment
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Many people in the area took videos and photos of heavy police presence during the situation. In the video below, you can that Bre Dixon took a video following the gunshot going off and posted it on social media:

In another social media post with more than 2,000 shares from Scott Hampe, you can see the moment that Hunter shot himself in the parking lot. You can hear him yell,

"She's free to go. She's free to go. I'm going to kill myself. She's free to go."

And then the gun is discharged wounding Hunter.

Other videos and photos from Hampe's viral post show Johnson County Sheriff's deputies in apartments near the Court Street Parking Ramp.

If you can't see Hampe's post embedded below in this post, click here to be taken right to it.

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