B&M shop is evacuated in Derby as armed police rush to scene of reported shooting and man is taken to hospital
- The B&M shop was evacuated after armed police rushed to scene of a ‘shooting’
- Witnesses heard ‘six gunshots’ as they were evacuated out of the store in Derby
- Derbyshire Police have confirmed that one man has been taken to hospital
A B&M shop has been evacuated in Derby after armed police officers rushed to the scene of a reported shooting where one man has been taken to hospital.
Witnesses heard ‘six gunshots’ as they were evacuated when armed police arrived at a Farmfoods car park, DerbyshireLive reports.
An air ambulance was believed to have landed at Gosforth Road, off Ascot Drive, at around 10.30am.
There are a number of police vehicles at the scene and Ascot Drive has also been closed.
Derbyshire Police station is nearby and a spokesperson said: ‘Officers are currently in attendance at an incident at #AscotDrive police station in #Derby. #AscotDrive is currently closed, and a man has been taken to hospital.’
Derbyshire Police have confirmed that a man is in hospital after a suspected shooting in the area
Officers and ambulances were at the scene which forced Ascot Drive to be closed earlier today
Reports at the scene suggest there are around seven or eight police cars with traffic being prevented from coming down the closed road.
One individual said that they heard ‘gunshots’ which sounded like ‘a load of beer barrels falling off a lorry’.
Another, Tom Parker, 26, said he heard ‘six gunshots’ and ‘eight police cars came firing past’.
B&M, on Ascot Drive (pictured), Derby, had to be evacuated following reports of a shooting in the area
Derbyshire Police, whose station is nearby, confirmed that a man has been taken to hospital
Meanwhile, Emma Smalley, 28, who was shopping in B&M at the time, said: ‘We heard about six massive bangs and didn’t know what it was at the time. Everyone got evacuated. I’ve had to leave everything in there.
‘I just thought it was banging. I didn’t know whether it was a delivery for B&M or someone in the warehouse. It was noisy.’
The public have been urged to avoid area and reports at the scene say no access is being granted.
More to follow.