A large deployment of officers, an air ambulance, a motorcycle paramedic and other emergency professionals are at Creek Road, which is currently closed off, in response to reports of a shooting. Scotland Yard said: “Firearms officers attended the scene. The man was located. A police firearm was discharged and the man sustained a gunshot injury.” They have urged residents to avoid the area.
Scotland Yard added: “At 14:31hrs on Friday, August 5, police received multiple 999 reports of a man with a firearm in Creek Road.
“London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance also attended.”
They said of the man targeted by armed officers: “He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition.
“No other injuries have been reported.”
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It comes after a Twitter user reported having heard “gunshots”, while another said “there has been a shooting right in front of where I am visiting in Greenwich”. According to a third, a member of the public was rescued by an air ambulance.
Greenwich West Police said: “Serious incident on Creek Road between Greenwich Town Centre and Deptford. Road closed. Please avoid the area.”
Eyewitness Clare Thomas told Express.co.uk: “We were passing in traffic on Creek Bridge and saw a gunman.
“The hand he held the gun in — the left hand — was wrapped in duct tape.
“We made a call reporting this.”
London Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to reports of a shooting and a man had required further attention after being treated at the site of the incident.
A spokesperson said: “We were called at 2:42pm today (5 August) to reports of a shooting in Creek Road, Greenwich.
“We sent a number of resources including an ambulance crew, an advanced paramedic, a motorcycle paramedic, a medic in a fast response car and an incident response officer, and we also dispatched medics from London’s Air Ambulance.
“We treated a man at the scene and took him as a priority to a major trauma centre.”
While a large police cordon remains in place on Creek Road, officers at the scene have said it does not seem as if there was a threat to people.
A police spokesperson said: “The investigation is in its early stages.
“At present, there does not appear to be an ongoing threat to the wider public.”