Reports Of Shots Fired, Vehicle Attack Outside British Parliament, Parliament Locked Down
This is a breaking story, we will continue to provide updates.
[Update] – 5:00 PM – President Donald Trump spoke to United Kingdom PM Theresa May to offer condolences for the attack.
Theresa May condemned the attack, calling it “sick and depraved.” May said “we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
She added that “tomorrow morning Parliament will meet as normal.”
[Update] – 2:20 PM – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement on today’s Parliament attack.
On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference.
[Update] – 2:00 PM – Four people, including the police officer that was stabbed, are reported dead. At least 20 are reported to be injured.
The National Lead for Counterterrorism said they are carrying out a “full scale investigation.”
[Update] – 1:40 PM – The Police Officer stabbed by the terrorist during the attack is reported to have died.
[Update] – 1:00 PM – The Daily Mail released an image of the alleged suspect on a stretcher following the attack.
[Update] – 12:40 PM – Two people are now reported dead. Video has surfaced of the vehicle moments after it hit the gate near the U.K. Parliament.
[Update] – 12:15 PM – At least one person is reported dead.
[Update] – 11:45 AM – The BBC reported that crowds are being moved out of Parliament Square. They also report that a policeman was stabbed and up to 12 were injured as a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on the nearby Westminster Bridge.
[Update] – 11:30 AM – Police now say they are treating the attack “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.“
On Wednesday, gunshots were reportedly heard outside of the British Parliament, forcing the Parliament to go into lockdown. According to the Daily Mail, witnesses say a vehicle mowed down five pedestrians before crashing into the gates outside Portcullis House before a knife-wielding man was shot by police.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s officials spokesperson said she “was brought back to Number 10 from Parliament. She is currently monitoring the situation.”
From inside the Parliament:
Christopher Hope, the Assistant Editor and Chief Political Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph tweeted that a man was seen lying outside of the gates to the Parliament.
A car reportedly mowed down at least five individuals on the Westminster bridge before crashing into the gates of the Portcullis House.