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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 02:02 GMT 03:02 UK
Pair shot dead at Harvey Nichols
Policeman question people outside Harvey Nichols
Police are not looking for anyone else over the shooting
Two people have been found dead after a shooting in the Harvey Nichols department store in London.

It is understood a man entered the store, shot a female shop assistant and then turned the gun on himself. Both were thought to be in their 30s.

Shoppers fled as police and paramedics attended and the shop in Knightsbridge, west London, was cordoned off.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The shooting happened on the ground floor, which is dominated by the cosmetics section, at about 1945 BST on Tuesday.

The Met has not identified the two dead people and could not confirm details of the relationship between the pair.

Shopper Charlotte O'Leary was in the store's restaurant at the time of the shooting.

She told BBC News: "We were asked to leave by the police and as we were leaving we saw the dead body of the girl that was shot.

We were asked to leave by the police and as we were leaving we saw the dead body of the girl that was shot
Charlotte O'Leary
Eyewitness

"There was absolutely no feeling of panic, it doesn't feel as if there was a mad gunman."

Ms O'Leary said the shop was cordoned off, with paramedics and police in attendance, and Knightsbridge Tube station appeared to be closed.

One shopper, who refused to be named, said he saw the body of the suspected killer.

"I came out of the tube station and crossed over to go into Harvey Nichols. I saw a barrage of people coming towards me then there was boom, boom, boom, boom, four gunshots.

"I thought people had taken over the store or something. I went downstairs to hide myself and went into the basement shopping area. I told staff there was a gunman.

"They helped me get out and I went back into the main area of the store. The man's body was lying on the ground. He was wearing a beige top and jeans, and was white, in his mid-30s."




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