Special Report: More Than A Dozen Injured In Attack Outside UK Parliament

Special Report: More Than A Dozen Injured In Attack Outside UK Parliament


THIS IS A CBS NEWS SPECIAL THIS IS A CBS 2 SPECIAL REPORT. POLICE ARE TREATING VIOLENCE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY AS A TERRORIST INCIDENT. BRITAIN’S PARLIAMENT WAS PUT ON LOCK DOWN. MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARE REPORTEDLY INJURED POSSIBLY BY A NEARBY VEHICLE ATTACK. A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE NEAR PARLIAMENT HAS REPORTEDLY TRIGGERED AN EVACUATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN BRIEFED ON THE INCIDENT. JONATHAN IS IN LONDON. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? REPORTER: AT THIS POINT, THE MOTIVE AS WELL AS THE IDEA OF THIS ATTACKER REMAIN UNKNOWN. HERE’S WHAT WE DO KNOW, THE ATTACK APPEARS TO HAVE BEGUN ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE IN THE SHADOW OF BIG BEN. ACCORDING TO POLICE SOURCES, THE ATTACKER DRIVING A 4 X 4 PLOWED THROUGH PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE ON THE BRIDGE BEFORE THEN RAMMING THAT VEHICLE INTO THE GATES OF PARLIAMENT. POLICE SAY THE THEN GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND STABBED AN OFFICER BEFORE HE WAS SHOT AND INJURED BY ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER THAT WAS THERE OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT. AT LEAST A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN THE ATTACK. MANY INJURIES WE’RE BEING TOLD SEEMED TO STEM FROM THE INITIAL INCIDENT ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE. WITNESSES SAY THE SUSPECT MOWED OVER PEOPLE. HELICOPTERS WERE BROUGHT IN TO EVACUATE THE INJURED AS WELL AS THE ATTACKER. THERE WERE EARLY REPORTS OF GUNFIRE. BUT IT APPEARS THAT WAS IN FACT POLICE SHOOTING AT THE SUSPECT. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PRIME MINISTER SAYING THAT THE PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY WAS SAFEMENT SAFE. PARLIAMENT WAS IN SESSION AT THE TIME. IT WAS SUSPENDED. THOSE INSIDE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INSIDE BEFORE BEING EVACUATED. VERY POPULAR TOURIST SITES IN THE UK. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GO THERE EACH AND EVERYDAY. THE AREAS HAS BEEN BLOCKED OFF. TWO STATIONS IN THE AREA SHUT DOWN. AS THIS INVESTIGATION REMAINS UNDER WAY AT THIS HOUR. IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE’S HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE ALL READY IN PLACE BEFORE THE ATTACK BEGAN. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE SECURITY PERIMETER AND WHAT THE POLICE PRESENCE LOOKS LIKE AS OF RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: REALLY THROUGHOUT EUROPE, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, A HIGHLIGHTENNED SENSE OF SECURITY — A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF SECURITY. THE PAST FEW YEARS OF ATTACK HAVE DRIVEN MORE POLICE OFFICERS INTO THE STREETS. CERTAINLY IN EUROPE. OF COURSE HERE IN THE UK AS WELL. THOUSANDS OF POLICE OFFICERS WHEREVER YOU GO INSIDE THE TUBES ON THE STREETS. YOU’LL SEE THEM. THIS AREA IN PARTICULAR, THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, AROUND THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT. MOST POLICE OFFICERS DON’T CARRY GUNS. THAT’S NOT THE CASE AT THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT. THAT AREA A FOCUS FOR SECURITY PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THE POLITICS THAT UNFOLD INSIDE. BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE DRAW FOR TOURISTS. THIS IS AN AREA NOT ONLY THAT HOUSES PARLIAMENT AND BIG BEN AS WE MENTIONED BUT ACROSS THE RIVER IS THE LONDON EYE, THAT FERRIS WHEEL, THIS IS AN AREA TRAVELED BY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERYDAY. THE NUMBER ONE SITE IN FACT ON INSTAGRAM THAT PEOPLE GO TO IN THE UK TO UP LOAD PHOTOS. SO SECURITY IN THIS AREA, VERY MUCH HAS BEEN A CONCERN VERY MUCH A CONCERN RIGHT NOW AS THAT PERIMETER REMAINS. THE SUBWAYS WE ARE TOLD HAVE BEEN STOPPED. FOR THE MOST PART, TO STOP THE FLOW OF PEOPLE FROM COMING THERE TO PARLIAMENT. SO THAT EMERGENCY VEHICLES CAN HAVE AN EASIER TIME GETTING IN AND OUT. I WANT TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE. I’M TELLING YOU HOW CRITICAL THIS AREA IS. THIS ATTACK WAS FIRST REPORTED AT 2:40 IN THE AFTERNOON. IT ONLY TOOK SIX MINUTES FOR AMBULANCES TO FIRST ARRIVE THERE AT THE SCENE. AN ATTACK IN THE HEART OF LONDON THAT’S BEING CALLED A TERRORIST INCIDENT. THANK YOU. WE’LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS DEVELOPING STORY. OUR COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON THIS CBS STATION AND ON OUR 24 HOUR STREAMING NETWORK, CBSN. SCOTT PELLEY WILL HAVE A COMPLETE WRAP UP TONIGHT ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS. THIS HAS BEEN A CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. I’M ALEX WAGNER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.