PAULDING CO., GA -- Police were working on an active shooting situation in the area of Georgia Highway 92 and Pine Valley Road south of the city of Hiram late Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities are asking people to avoid the area on Pine Valley Road from Bennett Road to Williams Lake Road. They said that it is an active and ongoing situation.

Rodney Carson, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hiram, told 11Alive's Jon Shirek that he received a call around 5:30 p.m. telling him that one of his members had been shot. He and other members of the church rushed to a convenience store located near the sheriff's blockade.

According to Carson, at least three people had been shot and transported to a hospital. Their conditions were not known.

Authorities evacuated several of the homes in the neighborhood, according to residents.

Neighbors said that police had surrounded the suspected gunman's home with the suspect inside. Those neighbors described the suspected shooter as someone who

Brandy Baxter, who lives a few doors down from the house police had surrounded, said that she could hear officers talking to the man inside the house, imploring him to come out peacefully.

Baxter said that she believes police have shot gas canisters in the home, but neighbors believe the suspect has a gas mask and a lot of ammunition.

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