House of Commons members in London are on lockdown on Wednesday following reports of a shooting outside of British Parliament. Now five people are confirmed dead, according to the Associated Press and the New York Times, including an officer and a man believed to be the attacker. At least 20 people are injured.
The attack has been designated an act of terrorism by London officials.
Images of people who appear to be wounded are being broadcast on news channels, including the BBC and CNN. One woman was initially confirmed dead, according to Sky News, which cited a report from St. Thomas’ Hospital. Doctors said some people have “catastrophic injuries,” according to multiple reports. “Several” people are reported to have been injured.
Witnesses heard gunfire near Portcullis House, which is building that houses lawmakers and their staff, according to the New York Times.
A police officer was also stabbed in the vicinity, according to the BBC, in what police were treating as a terrorist incident.
House of Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police,” per the BBC, which is also relaying reports of as many as five people having been “mowed down” on Westminster Bridge, near the Parliament building.
Lawmakers on the scene reported hearing three to four gunshots. Prime Minister Theresa May is “OK,” according to BBC sources.
Watch live coverage on Sky News above. Below are video images from the scene.
A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people. pic.twitter.com/tdCR9I0NgJ
— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) March 22, 2017
There was an "almighty crash" as a vehicle hit the railings outside Parliament, a witness tells Sky News pic.twitter.com/ubgSsntZPm
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017