Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five Hours of Fear and Shootings in Chelsea; (1) Tensions: Armed Police in Markham Square, Far Left, Where Houses Can Fetch [Pounds Sterling]10 Million. Left, the Gunmans Flat and Arrowed, a Bullet Hole in the Window from Which He Was Shooting (2) Danger Zone: The Scene in the King's Road as Police Seal off Streets and Evacuate Homes, Shops and Restaurants. Right, an Armed Officer Heads for the Siege

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five Hours of Fear and Shootings in Chelsea; (1) Tensions: Armed Police in Markham Square, Far Left, Where Houses Can Fetch [Pounds Sterling]10 Million. Left, the Gunmans Flat and Arrowed, a Bullet Hole in the Window from Which He Was Shooting (2) Danger Zone: The Scene in the King's Road as Police Seal off Streets and Evacuate Homes, Shops and Restaurants. Right, an Armed Officer Heads for the Siege

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Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER, ROBERT MENDICK

SHOPPERS in the King's Road ran for their lives while wealthy residentsbarricaded themselves into their houses during the gun battle which raged inthe heart of Chelsea last night.

Shoot-outsmore like the Wild West than west Londonare not supposed to happen in leafy squares 50 feet from the King's Road.

Today, eyewitnesses spoke of their terror after the five-hour siege which leftthe gunman dead and locals still trying to come to terms with the extraordinaryevents on one of Britain's most expensive streets.

It began at about 4.50pm with reports of a man firing at random intosurrounding houses and gardens from his flat in Markham Square, wherefivestorey Georgian houses can fetch [pounds sterling]10 million. The siege lasted for fivemore hours, with sporadic bursts of gunfire which culminated in armed policestorming the flat at number 46 Markham Square, lobbing in stun grenades whichlit up the night sky.

After it was all over, police brought out the semi-naked armed man on to thepavement as medical crew try to resuscitate him. But the gunman, a military manwho was said to be very drunk and had been arguing with his girlfriend beforethe incident, was dead.

One resident, whose garden backs onto the gunman's house, told how her home hadbeen sprayed with bullets during the attack.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: "There was a man actuallyopposite my house shooting into my house, into my daughter's bedroom.

We thought they were firecrackers. He was at the window with a shotgun.

"He just kept shooting, cool as a cucumber. He even stopped to reload." Thewoman told how the gunman, described as white and in his early thirties, openedfire on her and police after she initially heard three shots fired.

She said: "Police ran into my house and I warned them not to stand too close tothe window, but an armed officer went straight to the broken window and thegunman fired at him.

"You could see the guy directly across the way, aiming. The policeman croucheddown and returned fire, but I don't think he hit him." Jenny Morley, who livesin Markham Square opposite the house, was trapped inside her home as the dramaunfolded.

She said: "I had just come back from work when I heard shouting outside. Ilooked out of the kitchen window and saw three policemen in bulletproof vestsand rifles running towards the house with their guns pointing upwards.

"Then I heard four or five gunshots and more shouting. I was told to stay atthe back of the house for safety. I'm just grateful that my children were notat home." Jill Eresen, who owns Harvest boutique clothing shop which backs onto the square, also heard the shots.

She said: "There was this noise and I couldn't work out what it was. …

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