Full details of alleged Crawley College shooting Brighton News

TWO teachers were injured after gunfire at a busy college in Crawley yesterday.

An 18-year-old was arrested after police received several calls shortly after 3:10 p.m. indicating that shots had been fired at Crawley College.

A gun and knife were seized as two college staff were treated for minor injuries.

Hundreds of people watched behind a police cordon in College Road, as armed officers from the South East Counterterrorism Team cleared the building throughout the afternoon.

Students were filmed leaving college with their hands on their heads as hundreds of police evacuated campus.

The Argus: officers overlooking Crawley College Officers overlooking Crawley College

A witness told Argus that he saw the “gunman” outside a classroom wearing a face mask and shot “people blank”, but attempted to run away when confronted by staff.

Nick Sparkes, an eyewitness who was in the park opposite the college at the time, said he heard what sounded like “gunshots” followed shortly by “screaming and screaming”.

Dozens of police cars, including unmarked vehicles, rushed to the scene, causing widespread traffic disruption throughout the city.

Two police helicopters were seen circling the college, as officers remained on site for hours after the incident was initially reported.

Chief Superintendent Howard Hodges said, “We continue to have a large police presence in Crawley and ask anyone with information to come forward.

“Two college staff were slightly injured and reported to a walk-in medical center.

“No one else has come to us with injuries, but if you need medical assistance, please contact the ambulance service or speak to an officer.

The Argus: dozens of armed police called to Crawley College Dozens of armed police were called to Crawley College

“We are in contact with the agents of the South-East anti-terrorism police (CTPSE). All avenues of investigation are open at this stage.

“Roads near the college have been closed and we continue to ask members of the public to stay clear of the area for now.”

Nick Sparkes, an eyewitness in the area, told Argus he heard what sounded like “gunshots” followed by “lots of screaming and screaming”.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-26 19:25:46