A man in 30s has been arrested after he opened fire with multiple guns from a balcony in Chatham, Kent.
Armed police descended onto Dockside shopping centre at about 8.35am after a man was seen brandishing the weapons from a nearby block of flats.
Videos and witness accounts on social media show a man on a rooftop firing at random multiple times. One witness claimed the man had a machine gun, rifle and a pistol and appeared to be ‘shooting at the police’.
Further footage appears to show the gunman livestreaming himself as he wanders around the apartment before opening fire. In one, he zooms in on his vast supply of weapons and bullets before stepping out onto the balcony shouting ‘call the police’.
Terrified pedestrians and shoppers ran for cover in the Dockside Outlet as panic erupted.
One man wrote online: ‘For anyone that lives near Chatham dockside or is heading there to go shopping. AVOID at all costs.
‘A man is randomly shooting at people from the flats towards the car parks at the shopping centre. Please don’t go there and stay safe!’
A local reporter at the scene said police cars were arriving ‘every couple of minutes’ and helicopters were surveying the area.Kent Police advised people to stay away from the area and closed roads surrounding the shopping centre.
Armed officers could be seen entering the building shortly before the gunman’s arrest.Police confirmed the man was arrested after they found four suspected imitation firearms.
They are still at the scene and have urged residents to keep clear of the area.