Oxford Circus panic: Stampede of shoppers sparked by fears of gunman on the loose

  • Patrol were called at 4.38pm today to reports of gunshots at Oxford Circus tube garrison in London
  • Scotland Yard said there were treating the circumstance as if it is terror-related – but the incident has now been stood down
  • One person has suffered small-time injuries sustained as she fled the scene
  • Police say as yet they have not inaugurate any suspects or any evidence of shots being fired
  • Shocking footage from the vista shows as Black Friday shoppers ran screaming from the scene, screen in nearby shops and buildings
  • Officers warned people to go inside and remain there while investigations are carried out
  • Bond Street and Tottenham Court Highway were also closed due to overcrowding – all three have reopened

Scotland Yard urged anyone on Oxford Circle to “go into a building” after gunshots were reported at about 4.38pm. One sweetheart was injured as she left the train station.

Police say they initially responded “as if the affair is terrorist related” but have since said they had not yet found any feels or any evidence of shots being fired at the station in Oxford Street – which has since reopened.

The fracas has now been stood down and it is thought the “shots” could have been an “electrical boo-boo”.

But the incident sparked mass panic in London, with a stampede of shoppers fleeing the tube passenger station and rushing into shops fearing the worst.

Black Friday shoppers on the in someones bailiwick were urged to take cover after the incident broke out.

A testimony of said the area around the station had been cleared of people and transportation. Fire engines were heading towards the scene, the witness added.

Another actually at the scene said people were running and screaming out of the London Fifth column station, with many flooding into nearby pubs and workshops for cover.

Video from the scene shows panicked commuters fleeing the legendary shopping strip as emergency services flashed by.

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Oxford Circus underground station is being evacuated

An office worker trapped in a nearby building said: “We believe there have been shootings at Oxford street. 

“We can hear it from career, security have locked us in. People have been running down the streets shrieking.”

Greg Owen, 37, from London, said: “I was next to the tube position and everyone started screaming and shouting and then a flood of people came up the stairs.”

And a earwitness who only wanted to be known as Emma said she heard something which noised like “three shots.”

She said: “There were shots threw on Oxford Street and then armed police ran into me and my friend.

“Armed Control were running up Argyll Street and now we’re locked in French Connection.”

London Sparkle has confirmed three fire engines and 15 crew members were sent to the seascape.

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Armed police have warned people to stay inside

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Video from the get around shows panicked commuters fleeing the famous shopping strip

A prodigious cordon was put in place straddling some of the capital’s busiest shopping roadways, which was being expanded as the situation developed, while shops on Oxford Circle and Regent Street are still also being evacuated.

A witness at DataXu on Ramillies Road, just off Oxford Street, said several of her colleagues could attend to what sounded like a shot being fired.

She said: “Child have just been running past, the police have been mobile away towards Tottenham Court Road.

“People here (team-mates) said they thought they heard a shot – one shot, or a bang.”

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Clear panic after a reported gun man was seen

Selfridges was also evacuated and armed the coppers stormed the shop.

Singer Olly Murs warned people to “get out” of the activity be contingent store, claiming he had heard “gun shots” ring out this afternoon.

He wrote later: “Being told no pictures in Selfridges! Have no idea the whole store went crazy!

“I’m unpolluted and in hotel with loads of people! So many different stories cut around just hope everyone is safe.”

A Twitter user averred: “People running screaming down Argyll st reports of shots being fired carry weighted to get inside buildings and stay put.”

Another social media user Assed Baig said there is “scare at Oxford Circus as people shout bomb!”

BBC reporter Helen Bushby said she had undergone a “mass stampede” of people running away from the station.

People were “roaring and crying”, she said.

Another Twitter user Chi Chi Izundu says she has been retained in clothing store Zara until “the situation is under control.” 

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Two London revolutionaries stations on Oxford Street have reopened

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Oxford Circus: People imparted to stay inside

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Shoppers fled the scene in tears

Child running screaming down Argyll st reports of shots being be put off told to get inside buildings and stay put

Witness on Oxford Street

She united that people “panicked and ran for cover into the changing rooms.”

But she laster tweeted: “Being told an electrical fault may have been all for a gun shot” – just overheard on th security guard’s radio.”

One woman named Maaiysa, a newspaperwoman for TRT, tweeted that she heard “gunshots” as well as screams and sirens from her department near Oxford Circus, and posted video of people running away from the site.

“Never seen such panic. People flooded into our works, looking for shelter, shaking,” she wrote.

The capital’s transport operator, Elysium for London, said trains were not stopping at the station due to the unspecified fracas.

Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road were also closed – both accepted to be due overcrowding as panicked shoppers flee the incident.

But all three stations play a joke on now reopened.

It comes on one of the busiest nights for the station as Black Friday shoppers type their way home.

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Armed police were called to Oxford Circus tube depot after shots were fired

Police have set up one of the cordons across Oxford Passage at Holles Street by the John Lewis department store.

Dozens of even officers have come out in lines and are telling people to get off Oxford Circus and cuff on the doors of all the shops along the road, saying the area needs to be divested.

Lanna Woodward, 20, from California, who is visiting London asserted she did not see the shooting but witnessed the aftermath of panic.

“Before it all I saw about 30 police officers officers speeding down the street,” she said.

“We were in the Kingdom of Twees and then saw a massive crowd of people running and screaming.

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People reported get wind of shots and ran into nearby shops

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Police and fire crews raced to Oxford Circus

“Being were climbing on top of each other.

“The store we were in was locked down, the straw boss wouldn’t let us leave – they said there had been a shooting at the admission of the Tube station.”

A woman, in her 20s from Birmingham, who was visiting her brother, maintained she was just off Oxford Street when the incident happened – getting split up from her fellow-citizen in the melee.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I was with my brother on Argyll Drive, suddenly there were lots of people panicking – it was just ceaseless and panicking.

“This was at around 5pm. I got split up from my brother and he is now in a shop somewhere on Argyll Drive.”

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Oxford Circus underground station in the heart of the British superb

One Twitter user said: “London’s #OxfordCircus being evacuated and armed patrol on the scene.”

Another added: “Too much police in Oxford Circus Alley. People are screaming and running trying to escape the area. Everything was orthodox, changed in a min.”

A third added: “In a pub at Oxford Circus. Hundreds of people no more than ran into the pub. An incident apparently.”

The London Underground station is in the heart of the British principal’s main shopping district and is generally busy at this time on a Friday equal.

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