Police respond to ‘shooting’ on Oxford Street in London

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Police and other emergency services in London are responding to reports of shootings on Oxford Street and the Oxford Circus Underground station in central London, witnesses and local officials say. People on Oxford Street are urged to go into a building.

The incident began at about 4:37 p.m. local time on Friday when officers were called to multiple reports of shots being fired on Oxford Street and the Oxford Circus tube station. It is unclear whether a shooting has been confirmed.

“Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from [British Transport Police],” the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement. “If you are on Oxford Street go into a building and stay inside until further direction.”

No casualties had been located as of 5:15 p.m.

Witnesses in the area said there was some panic with reports of people screaming and running from the area. Businesses on Oxford Street, which is Europe’s busiest shopping street, have been put on lockdown. A large number of emergency services, including armed police officers, have responded.

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