At least one person is dead and at least five others are reportedly injured following what is described as a stabbing attack in London around the city’s famed London Bridge that is reported to have ended in police gunfire.
Per a report from England-based Sky News, a man was believed to have begun stabbing people at the London Bridge when he was eventually shot by police, according to witness reports.
A police spokesperson told an editor at Sky News that at least five people are reported to have sustained injuries as a result of the Friday attack.
“At approximately 2pm today, police were called to a stabbing at a premises near London Bridge. Emergency services attended, including officers from the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police,” the head of U.K. counterterrorism policing said, per Sky News.
“A male suspect has been shot by specialist armed officers from City of London police and I can confirm that this suspect has died at the scene,” he said.
According to Sky News, an alleged video of the incident shows a police officer crouched behind a police vehicle and aiming a gun toward London Bridge. The video then shows an unresponsive individual lying on the pavement on the bridge’s east side.
London Bridge station is currently closed and trains are none stopping.
— British Transport Police (@BTP) November 29, 2019
Drivers on the bridge reportedly fled their vehicles and joined pedestrians at the famed London location in reportedly running toward the bridge’s south side.
“We saw loads of police cars heading towards the bridge. We saw a man on the ground and police pointing guns at him,” a man identified by Sky News as Joe said. He then said he saw first responders carrying a woman away from the bridge.
According to the BBC, the London Ambulance Service has declared the alleged stabbing Friday as a “major incident” and the Met Police has stated that the stabbing is a “terrorist incident.”
BBC reported that a witness reported seeing a fight on the bridge before police arrived, resulting in gunfire. A witness who was eating at a restaurant near the bridge at the time of the attack reported a flood of individuals into the restaurant, with people reportedly seeking shelter underneath tables. A manager at the restaurant reportedly locked the door and directed the witness and other customers away from the front windows of the restaurant.
The bridge is currently closed, offices in the region are reportedly on lockdown, and trains are not currently making the London Bridge train stop.