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One Twitter user reported having heard “gunshots”, while another said “there has been a shooting right in front of where I am visiting in Greenwich”. According to a third, a member of the public was rescued by an air ambulance. Creek Road is currently closed off, with emergency services on the scene nearby. Authorities have urged residents to avoid the area.

Greenwich West Police said: “Serious incident on Creek Road between Greenwich Town Centre and Deptford. Road closed. Please avoid the area.”

Specialist officers including armed police could be seen in pictures circulating on social media.

Eyewitness Clare Thomas told “We were passing in traffic on Creek Bridge and saw a gunman. 

“The hand he held the gun in — the left hand — was wrapped in duct tape.

“We made a call reporting this.”

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Images shared online show the extent of the emergency service deployment.

One post read: “Something serious going on around Greenwich.

“Entire bridge shut, ambulance and helicopters and loads of police.”

London Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to reports of a shooting and a man had required further attention after being treated on the site of the incident.

A spokesperson said: “We were called at 2:42pm today (5 August) to reports of a shooting in Creek Road, Greenwich.

“We sent a number of resources including an ambulance crew, an advanced paramedic, a motorcycle paramedic, a medic in a fast response car and an incident response officer, and we also dispatched medics from London’s Air Ambulance.

“We treated a man at the scene and took him as a priority to a major trauma centre.”

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Met Police said in a statement: “At 14:31hrs on Friday, August 5, police received multiple 999 reports of a man with a firearm in Creek Road.

“Firearms officers attended the scene. The man was located. A police firearm was discharged and the man sustained a gunshot injury.

“London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance also attended.

“He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition.

“No other injuries have been reported.”

While a large police cordon reamins in place on Creek Road, officers at the scene have said it does not seem as if there was a threat to people.

A police spokesperson said: “The investigation is in its early stages.

“At present, there does not appear to be an ongoing threat to the wider public.”