Mum films terror scare while kids run around London's Oxford Street

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During the incident, sections of Oxford Street were cordoned off and Black Friday shoppers were urged to take cover in shops.

The Metropolitan Police said they received "numerous" 999 calls claiming they had heard gunshots in Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus station.

The British Transport Police said it believed there had been an altercation between two men on the platform before the scare.

On Friday evening, police said the mass evacuation was sparked after an argument erupted between two men on a platform.

Oxford Circus suspects

Ch Supt Martin Fry said: "I would like to thank the public and the media for assisting us with this witness appeal".

One patient was transferred to a major trauma centre for leg injuries, while eight people were taken to central London hospitals for minor injuries.

Police later said there was no evidence that shots had been fired. The area was searched swiftly and the station was reopened. "Officers are on scene", the transit police tweeted.

Police have stood down and said that they have not found any evidence that shots were fired.

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"Officers continue to work with colleagues from British Transport Police in the area of Oxford Circus".

People run down Oxford Street after reports of shots being fired.

Shopper Ahlam Ibrahim told AFP she was pushed into a shop when people started shouting.

Police created a blockade as far back as Great Marlborough Street, where Liberty is located, to stop people from approaching Oxford Circus. I am also an editor for Turning Point News and a foreign correspondent for Snip.And in case you were wondering, it's supposed to be pronounced "Wit-2".

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Officers investigating the incident - which saw hundreds of people break into stampedes, and frenzied reports of a gunman on the loose - now believe it began with the "altercation", which soon escalated into mass panic.

"We were in the Kingdom of candies and then saw a massive crowd of people running and screaming".

"The store we were in was locked down, the manager wouldn't let us leave - they said there had been a shooting at the entrance of the Tube station".

London mayor Sadiq Khan praised the force's swift response and called on people to "remain vigilant" but not to panic.

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