TV Station Goes Off Air After Armed Woman Storms Building During Evening News Broadcast

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The North Carolina studio was evacuated and locked down, and police eventually took the woman into custody.

A North Carolina TV station went off the air for about an hour after a woman walked into the lobby of its studio and held a gun to her head during the evening news broadcast Tuesday night.

The woman, later identified as Wendy Cosby Naidas, was upset about her dire financial situation, the Associated Press reported. The gun was unloaded, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

The WSOC-9 station was locked down and employees were notified to evacuate the building via email after the woman refused to leave, holding the gun to her head, as security approached her. Nobody was taken hostage of injured, WSOC-TV's general manager Joe Pomilla told the AP.

"I think the experience was more about protecting our employees," Pomilla said. "It's one of those things I'm thankful we had the security procedures in place. Fortunately, we came out of this unscathed and that's the most important thing."

"She never pointed the gun at any individual other than herself," Pomilla added.

Naidas was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation to determine if charges will be filed against her, police spokesman Bob Fey said.