Woman dead after shooting on Willenhall Street, Newport
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- Woman dead, ex-partner seriously injured
- Cordon around and armed police on Willenhall Street Newport
- Eyewitnesses say four police cars and two police vans are at the scene
Police have now removed the two cars that were at the scene of the shooting.
They were taken away at around 6.35pm, with a police cordon still in place and forensics still at the scene.
Beverley James, 34, lives on Kelvedon Street near where the shooting happened. She said: "We woke up to it this morning. They say it’s a quiet area and it’s not. We see police all the time. If it’s not one thing on that new estate, it’s another. It’s not as quiet as they make out. It makes me scared as we have got two young kids here. It’s less than two minutes away."
She and partner Mark Sprudd added: "Our thoughts are with the family."
A WOMAN lay dying and a man seriously injured following a horrific double shooting in the middle of a Newport street today.
Neighbour 'heard screams and then shots'
Sam Williams, 33, from Seabreeze Avenue, was one of the first people on the scene this morning. He said: "I heard her screaming just before the shots. I heard two gun shots consecutively and then I heard another. I was in bed and my girlfriend was cooking breakfast. I thought it was a car backfiring.
"My girlfriend looked up and saw there were two bodies on the floor. She screamed up to me so I quickly got up, scanned the scene very quickly and walked up to it.
"There was a gun on the floor. The gentleman on the floor was obviously seriously hurt, I walked up to the woman to see if she was gone.
"Both the cars were parked with their boots open as if they were exchanging something. Her car was still running. I was there when the police turned up."
He said he could see a single barrel shotgun on the floor with two spent shotgun shells.
He said he had seen the woman coming and going, believing she was visiting her mother in a neighbouring house.
Resident tells of 'terror' at finding bodies
A man living on Seabreeze Avenue admitted he was "terrified" when he saw the bodies of a man and a woman and a pool of blood on the side of the road this morning.
Samdarshi Jha, 27, has lived on ther street with his girlfriend Natalia Maik, 28 for three years.
He was about to take dog for walk when he heard gunshots but didn't think anything of it. On his return he said he saw the bodies of a man and a woman. He added the injuries were "on the body not the head".
Natalia was leaving for work in Cwmbran, and she told him that she had seen a red car and that the man and the woman were having a conversation next to the car.
He said: "It was like a normal day. You don't expect these things to happen.
Police said that they are "fairly certain" the man seriously injured today is the suspected gunman.
A spokesman for the IPCC confirmed that incident has been referred to the agency by Gwent Police. "We are currently assessing the referral. We will make a decision on how that will be investigated in due course," he said.
The man and woman involved in this morning's double shooting in Newport had previously been in a relationship, police have now confirmed.
The force has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because the relationship had previously come the attention of police.
A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said a firearm found at the scene remains in place.
Specialist officers are supporting family members at this time. Willenhall Street and Seabreeze Avenue remains cordoned off for police to carry out enquiries.
Chief Inspector Huw Nicholas said: “This is a tragic incident and our priority and focus is to give the appropriate and specialist support to the families of those involved and to investigate and establish what happened here this morning.
“While I am limited as to what I can say about the people involved, what I can say is it is known that they had previously been in a relationship which had come to the attention of police. For this reason we have referred the matter to the IPCC.
“Our forensic investigators are still at the scene and a team of detectives are working on the investigation. Extra officers are in the vicinity but this is purely from a reassurance point of view. Residents are obviously shocked and distressed about this mornings events and we have officers and Community Support Officers in the area who will be available to speak to residents as required. We would also urge anyone who has information to call 101 and quote log number 97 8/8/13
Police cordon in Lilleshall Street near the scene of the fatal shooting. pic.twitter.com/z9QV8LElz3— John Phillips (@ArgusJPhillips) August 8, 2013
Newport East AM and Welsh government minister John Griffiths said the incident was "terrifying".
He said: "It's very alaming to hear of further tragic loss of life in a shooting incident.
"I think all we can say at this stage is that we have to wait for all the facts to become clear before anybody can fully consider the situation, how it happened and what might be done to try to prevent incidents in the future.
"I think everybody is alarmed that there are more shootings and more guncrimes in Britain than was the case years ago."
Jessica Morden, MP for Newport East, said: "Today's events are tragic for the families of those involved, and distressing for the wider community.
"While Gwent Police continue with the challenging job of investigation the incident, it is important that people do not jump to any conclusions."
Christine Jenkins, a Labour councillor for Victoria ward, described the situation as worrying, asking where the firearm had come from. "I understand its an isolated incident. There no threat to the rest of the community," she said.
Police continue to investigate the incident in Willenhall Street. pic.twitter.com/ROiWy5PPQC— John Phillips (@ArgusJPhillips) August 8, 2013
Lliswerry councillor, Roger Jeavons said: "I feel for the neighbours, the families and all the people involved.
"I am sure the police are doing everything that they should be doing and I have every confidence in them coming to a swift conclusion."
The woman, 46, seriously injured in this morning's shooting has died, Gwent Police have just said.
The 49-year-old man seriously injured remains in surgery.
Gwent Police say it is not believed anyone else is involved in the incident and both of those involved were known to eachother.
Allan Morris, councillor for Lliswerry ward in Newport council, said: "This is a terrible and tragic situation, and certianly not an everyday occurence. "This is no reflection of the area or the people living there. There's no risk to the people in the community."
Mr Williams said he went over but felt their injuries were too serious for him to help them so he rang the police— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) August 8, 2013
Sam Williams, 33, saw a man and a woman on the ground next to a single barrel shotgun and two shells pic.twitter.com/8kelRzvt4D— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) August 8, 2013
Motorists are queuing up to get past the police cordon. pic.twitter.com/N97teGfwHv— John Phillips (@ArgusJPhillips) August 8, 2013
Mark Harris, 44, of Beechwood tool hire company in Corporation Road said: "It's awful. I saw the police cars and the ambulance going by."— John Phillips (@ArgusJPhillips) August 8, 2013
James Bell, 35, was at work when he heard shots at about 8.45. "I heard two shots and then another two(..)" pic.twitter.com/9dj0AFncLO— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) August 8, 2013
Willenhall St mechanic Craig Morgan, 27, remembers hearing shots this morning. He said: "I heard 2 gunshots then it went all quiet."— John Phillips (@ArgusJPhillips) August 8, 2013
Phil Passey tried to get to the apartment he owns in Argosy Way. He said: "You don't expect to find this in a suburban street"— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) August 8, 2013
Google Street view showing scene of the shooting:
A spokesman for Aneurin Bevan Health Board confirmed that "a man and woman were admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital from an incident in Newport" and that both sustained serious injuries.
Victoria Neill, from Argosy Close, said she saw two people lying either side of a car: "One was on one side, the other was on the other."— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) August 8, 2013
RT @ArgusJPhillips: Cars are now getting through the police cordon in Willenhall Street. http://t.co/BiAZBXe5sM— @ArgusMWilliams 08 August 2013
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said they were called at 8.43am to reports of an incident on Willenhall Street in Newport.
He added: “We sent a rapid response car, two emergency ambulances and a doctor to the scene.
“A man and a woman were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital with serious injuries.”
Ms Rai said her children would have heard the shots as they live on Seabreeze Av. Her neighbour felt the pulses of two people on ground - but wasn't able to help them. Ms Rai: "It's awful. My head went to pieces."
Ibis Hotel manager Abraham Thundiyil, 38, has not been able to go back home in Excelsior Close where he has been told the incident happened.— @ArgusJPhillips 08 August 2013
Ibis Hotel night manager Abraham Thundiyil, 38, said: "I've just from work. Someone told me something serious happened, a shooting."— @ArgusJPhillips 08 August 2013
RT @ArgusJenMills: "(...) the neighbour rang the the bell asking her to help. My kids are in shock. I can't even go to them."— @ArgusDDeans 08 August 2013
RT @ArgusJenMills: Amanda Rai rushed home from work after her daughter phoned in tears. "My daughter heard shots but she didn't know what w…— @ArgusDDeans 08 August 2013
Forensic investigator heads into the crime scene http://t.co/6ccyaNo1vx— @ArgusJenMills 08 August 2013
GWENT Police say they were called to Willenhall Street Newport at about 8.45 am this morning after a report of what sounded like gun shots had been fired.
They added: "Armed Police attended and found a male and female injured.
Both have been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital with serious injuries. It is not believed anyone else is involved in the incident and both of those involved were known to each other.
Officers have recovered a firearm from the scene."
"Officers are locating family members at this time. Willenhall Street is cordoned off for police to carry out enquiries."
Resident Mohammed Miah's home is cordoned off and he has not been able to get inside to meet his wife: "I just came out of mosque. We're supposed to visit family and friends to celebrate Eid. I don't know anything. If it's a crime scene I think it's only fair they stop people, they're doing their job, but people should be allowed to come out."
Another resident said: "About ten to nine somebody was lying on the road by the doctors surgery, by a red car. I didn't think much of it. Then we heard lots of police."
Resident Beverley Walbey who lives opposite the scene said she heard what sounded like gunshots and then "a few minutes later all sirens and police everywhere."
One resident who lives in nearby Argosy Way said he heard a loud bang at around 8.45am.
Stephen Jones, 47, said police were taking witness statements and car registrations from people in the road.
Eyewitnesses are reporting a man and a woman were involved in the shooting and they say both had gunshot wounds.
Kellyanne Seer, 35, of Excelsior Close said she could smell smoke earlier in the morning.
She says she heard the shots at either 8.55 or 9am.
Kellyanne's father John Seer, 53, of Liscombe Road, saw a man on a stretcher and armed police at the scene.
His daughter told him she could see two men lying on floor, she then called police.
Kellyanne Seer, 35, of Excelsior Close rang police at around 8.40am saying someone had been shot.
She says she heard three shots behind her house which backs on to Willenhall Street.
Willenhall Street is sealed off and emergency services are at the scene.
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