London transit authorities say Oxford Circus station has reopened after a large-scale security alert saw it evacuated amid reports of gunfire.
Transport for London says Oxford Circus and nearby Bond Street, which was also shut, have both reopened to subway trains.
Police say they were called Friday afternoon to reports of shots being fired in and around Oxford Circus station. People ran in panic and sheltered in stores.
But police later said that had found no trace of any suspects or casualties and no evidence shots had been fired.
One woman suffered a minor injury while leaving the subway station.
Following our call to Oxford Circus, we have been unable find any evidence of gunfire. We remain on scene alongside @metpoliceuk and advise you to avoid Oxford Circus and Regents Street areas https://t.co/z12K8zmgZ9 pic.twitter.com/K1nlCmKEJE— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
The busy station had been closed and police told people in the area to take shelter in stores.
The Metropolitan police said there were no reports of casualties and they had not located any suspects yet.
The Metropolitan Police says officers were called just after 4:30 p.m. to "a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station."
Police called at 16:38 to a number of reports of shots fired on #OxfordStreet & underground at Oxford Circus tube station. Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from @BTP— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 24, 2017
If you are on #OxfordStreet go into a building and stay inside until further direction. Avoid travelling to the Oxford Street area. At this stage police have not located any causalities.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 24, 2017
Police say officers have not found any casualties.
The force says it is responding "as if the incident is terrorist related" — but has not said whether they believe it is.
Witnesses on social media reported people running into nearby shops and pubs for shelter.
Transit authorities say the station has been evacuated and trains are not stopping there.
Transport police advised people to avoid the area, which was packed with commuters and shoppers at the end of the working week and amid Black Friday sales.
Please continue to avoid the Oxford Street and Regent Street area. If you are in the area, go into a building and stay inside until further notice.— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
Oxford Circus and Bond Street Tube remain shut @metpoliceuk @TfL