A British police officer was reportedly stabbed on Wednesday outside Parliament in what U.K. authorities are calling a terrorist incident.
According to the BBC, prior to the stabbing, the manwho has yet to be identifiedcrashed a car into the gate at the Palace of Westminster moments after hitting several pedestrians. At thetime of publication, an official tally of the casualties had not been released.
Tom Peck, a political correspondent for the Independent, who was near the scene when the incident occurred and reported onTwitter the sound of gunshots, said that a man well inside the palace gates had been shot after stabbing an officer.
Several members of Parliament said they heard between 3 and 4 gunshots as well, BBC reports. Some of the MPs have reportedly been evacuated while others remain on lockdown.
There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere.
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) March 22, 2017
The whole estate is filled with armed police . Now looking into the yard where the intruder was shot. As we are kept safe by police pic.twitter.com/fkZkLgRpZh
— Paul Scriven (@Paulscriven) March 22, 2017
Armed police inside Central Lobby. Hundred or so people locked in here with me. Man next to me has just fainted. It's hot and tense
— Jo Coburn (@Jo_Coburn) March 22, 2017
In lockdown in the basement of House of Lords, praying for the safety of our brave fantastic police force, ambulance and security services
— Lady Brady (@karren_brady) March 22, 2017
According to the Guardian, at least two women and two men were seen lying injured onWestminster bridge, where the assailant drove a car into pedestrians before ramming the palace gate.
Downing Street issued a statement confirming the safety of Prime Minister Theresa May: The prime minister was brought back to Number 10 from Parliament. She is currently monitoring the situation.
This story is currently developing and will be updated.
Update 12:00pm CT, March 22:In a statement, Commander BJ Harrington of the Metropolitan Police said there is an “ongoing investigation being led by the counterterrorism command” and said there are a “number of casualties, including police officers.”
Full statement by UK police on London 'terror incident': There are a number of injuries, including police officers; investigation ongoing. pic.twitter.com/5xj6TOGX4G
— ABC News (@ABC) March 22, 2017
Update 12:33pm CT, March 22: According to SkyNews, two people are confirmed dead and a dozeninjured.
Update 1:13pm CT, March 22: The Washington Post reports that one of the dead was a police officer, stabbed by the suspect. Two others are confirmed dead, andat least 20 are wounded.