A man has been rushed to hospital after a suspected shooting took place opposite a new police station in Derby, just yards away from a B&M shop which had to be evacuated.
The bargains store had to be evacuated after witnesses recalled hearing ‘six gunshots’ from a Farmfoods car park on Ascot Drive, Derby.
Armed officers descended on the scene and several ambulances and forensic officers have been seen throughout the day.
East Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it transported one person to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, in an ambulance.
The scene of the shooting is opposite the newly opened £9.5million police and fire stations which opened in April this year.
A spokesperson for the Derbyshire Police said: ‘Officers are currently in attendance at an incident at Ascot Drive police station in Derby.
‘Ascot Drive is currently closed and a man has been taken to hospital.’
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘We received a call at 10:03am today, Friday 7 October to a private address in Derby. The caller reported a medical emergency.
Forensic officers have been pictured at the scene of the suspected shooting outside a brand new police station
Derbyshire Police have confirmed that a man is in hospital after a ‘shooting’ in the area
Aerial images show a shattered door at Ascot Drive police station from a suspected shooting
‘We sent three paramedics in three ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance was also in attendance. We transported one patient to Queen’s Medical Centre via land ambulance.’
Drone images appear to show a smashed glass door at Ascot Drive police station along with blood-stained clothes and medical supplies.
The scene shows what appears to be a pair of black boots and a jacket on the road by the gates surrounded by bandages, tourniquets and open syringe packets.
Derbyshire Police has confirmed the incident took place in the grounds of the police station but not inside the building.
A spokesperson also confirmed the injured man was not an officer.
This was the scene of the car park where the suspected shooting has taken place in Derby
The scene shows what appears to be a pair of black boots and a jacket on the road by the gates surrounded by bandages, tourniquets and open syringe packets
Officers have confirmed that the incident took place in the grounds of the police station but not inside it
A worker at a nearby fencing business said: ‘A few of our employees heard several loud bangs and the next thing we knew the place was swarming with police.
‘There was a helicopter overhead and they evacuated the Farm Foods and closed off all the roads.’
Another witness, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It all happened in the grounds of the police station.
‘The windows of the police station have been blown through by the gun shots.. There is blood all over the car park.
‘We heard an officer had shot someone but we don’t know for sure.’
There was a large police presence needed as forensic officers were also seen setting up tents
Ascot Drive had to be closed immediately by Derbyshire Police following the reports of a ‘shooting’
The scene of the shooting is opposite the newly opened £9.5 million police station and fire station which opened in April this year
Witnesses recalled hearing ‘six gunshots’ at around 10.30am from a Farmfoods car park in Ascot Drive, Derby, before they were evacuated from the store when police arrived
Reports at the scene suggest there are around seven or eight police cars with traffic being prevented from coming down the closed road.
One factory worker said: ‘We were in a factory just down Ascot Drive and we heard about six gunshots.
‘We came running outside and saw about six to eight police cars firing past and immediately closing the road.
‘Everyone was getting turned around, it was pretty scary.’
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 mother-of-two Joanne Kennedy, 30, said: ‘I was on my way into the shop when I heard really loud crashes or bangs like beer barrels falling off a lorry.
‘A minute or so later the whole place was swarming with cops and sirens blaring. We were all ordered back and told to leave the area.
‘It was like something from a movie. I could hear a helicopter coming in and then it was suddenly away again.’
And 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.
The scene of the shooting is around a mile to the south of Derby County FC’s Pride Park Stadium in the city.
More to follow.