Armed police in Sunderland street as part of city shooting probe

Armed police at the incident in Elmwood Street.
Armed police at the incident in Elmwood Street.
0
Have your say

Armed police were called to a Sunderland street today as part of an ongoing probe into a city shooting.

Officers were called to Elmwood Street this afternoon.

The scene of the incident in Elmwood Street.

The scene of the incident in Elmwood Street.

Northumbria Police said their presence was in relation to a "firearms incident" after shots were fired at a house in Craigshaw Square on Monday.

Police said that five people had been arrested in response to that incident.

Residents the Echo spoke to in Elmwood Street said they saw a number of people taken away in handcuffs.

According to one concerned resident, the officers were on the scene for two-and-a-half hours.

Armed police in Elmwood Street.

Armed police in Elmwood Street.

They told the Echo that they had been told to stay indoors, and that they had seen 15 armed police officers.

At the time of the incident, a Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police are in attendance around the Elmwood Street area of Sunderland following a firearms incident at Craigshaw Square on Monday, September 12.

"Five people have been arrested in response to the incident as part of ongoing enquiries.

"Officers remain in the area to provide reassurance."

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “The police officers who were here all had guns, so it was clearly a major incident.

“They were all over the place and quite a few people were taken away in handcuffs.

“It all just came out of the blue in the afternoon.”

Another resident said: “This was such a quiet street, so it’s such a shock that something like this would happen here.

“We weren’t able to leave our homes, and it was a frightening situation.

“It all lasted for about two-and-a-half hours, and it must have been terrible for people with children.

“I counted at least 15 armed police officers, but there must have been more as there were some around the corner as well.

“They had the whole road blocked off.”