Tonight Basildon hospital has been on lockdown after armed police stormed in due to an unknown incident at the hospital in Essex.
It was around 7:30PM where reports started flying around the internet that something was going on at Basildon hospital and then it was announced that they had put the hospital in lockdown.
The hospital have said that it is still open to members of the public if they need to be treated in the emergency department as they shared on Twitter:
Good evening to let you know that our Accident & Emergency department remains open to the public. Regarding the reported incident this evening we have spoken to Essex police and a statement will be released at approximately 10pm. Many thanks.
In a statement released by Essex Police they have said that a 19-year-old man has been shot in Tilbury and rushed to hospital with shot wounds to his stomach and they are now investigating the going ons.
The statement from Essex Police said:
We are investigating following an incident in #Tilbury where a man was shot.
A 19 year-old man was taken to Basildon Hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach shortly before 7.15pm today (Wednesday, September 26).
It is believed he had been injured after being approached by two men in the area of Raphael Avenue and Sullivan Road in Tilbury.
He is currently in a serious condition.
The area of Raphael Avenue and Sullivan Road has been cordoned off while officers investigate and we have officers at Basildon Hospital.
Detective Inspector Stuart Truss, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This investigation is in a very early stage but we’re already building up a picture of the circumstances which led up to it.
“While it is unclear what the motive behind the attack was we believe it was targeted and there is no risk to the wider public.
“I appreciate this will be concerning for the local community but I want to emphasise incidents like this are very rare.
“The area where it is thought this incident took place is a busy residential one and I believe someone will have seen something.
“I particularly need to speak to anyone who saw a small black car in the area at the time of the incident.”
If you saw or heard anything, have CCTV, were driving in the area and have dash cam footage, or have any other information please call us on 101 quoting incident 1114 of September 26.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.