Police were called to King Street at 3pm to reports of an “unresponsive woman” following gunshots heard in the area. The woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries. No arrests have been made.
Up to seven police cars at the scene with a police helicopter flying overhead. One man at the scene said: “Still got the armed response gathering evidence. Shooting on King Street in Blackburn.”
One tweeted: “Shooting reported at Lidl Blackburn. Police helicopter been up for 3/4 hour. Police all over the area.”
Another wrote on Twitter: “Shot from a car window.”
Lancashire Constabulary said: “Officers, including armed police, are currently in the King Street area of Blackburn following an incident this afternoon.
“We were called at around 3pm to reports a woman had been found unresponsive on King Street, close to Lidl, following gunshots being heard in the area.
“The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries. No arrests have been made but an investigation to establish exactly what occurred, and who is responsible, is very much underway.
“We appreciate this will have caused a lot of worry in the community, but we have deployed significant additional resources, including armed officers, to carry out high visibility patrols in the area to provide reassurance to residents.
“Anyone with concerns or questions is welcome to speak to those officers.”
Witnesses with information about the incident, or who witnessed the incident, is urged to contact us urgently on 101, quoting log 817 of May 17.
Published at Sun, 17 May 2020 15:30:00 +0000