Crawley shooting: man detained after reports of ‘shots fired’ close to West Sussex college leaving two injured

Staff and students are being evacuated from the college and two people are reported to have suffered injuries, but these are not thought to be serious

Two people have been injured following “reports of gun shot fire” near a college in West Sussex.

A man has been detained at the scene of the apparent shooting close to Crawley College, where there is currently a large police presence.

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Two people injured

A large police presence is at the scene (Photo: Eddie Mitchell)

Sussex Police have confirmed that a man has been detained and two people have suffered injuries, although they are not thought to be seriously injured.

Students and staff are being evacuated from Crawley College and the public is being urged to stay away.

In a statement on Monday (26 April) afternoon, Sussex Police said: “One man has been detained following reports of shots being fired near Crawley College. Please stay away from the area at this time.

“There is a large police presence at the scene and in the local area.”

Crawley College said it was not aware of any serious injuries after the incident.

The college tweeted: “We are aware of an incident at Crawley College this afternoon.

“Sussex Police are present on the scene and a man has been detained. We are awaiting further information from the Police.

“We are not aware of any serious injuries. Our priority remains the safety of students & staff.”

Reports of gun shot fire

In a further statement, the force said: “Police have responded to reports of gun shot fire near Crawley College.

“Police received multiple calls shortly after 3.10pm. One man has been detained at the scene by police.

“Staff and students are being evacuated away from the college.

“Two people have suffered injuries, but these are not believed to be serious.”

A tweet from the National Police Air Service South East Region said it had deployed a Redhill aircraft to support Sussex Police in connection with the incident.

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