LONDON – Eyewitnesses to the killing of a suspected bomber in London said the man looked “petrified” as he sought to escape the clutches of police.
Mark Whitby said he was sitting on the Tube at Stockwell Station (search) on Friday when the man ran in to the train car. “As he ran, he was hotly pursued by what I knew to be three plain-clothes police officers,” Whitby told BBC News 24.
"As the man got on the train I looked at his face. He looked from left to right, but he basically looked like a cornered rabbit, like a cornered fox,” Whitby said. "He looked absolutely petrified.”
"He half-tripped, was half-pushed to the floor,” Whitby said. "One of the police officers was holding a black automatic pistol in his left hand. They held it down to him and unloaded five shots into him. I saw it. He's dead, five shots, he's dead."
Teri Godly, who was also in the train car when the suspected bomber boarded, said eight or nine police officers with shotguns boarded after him and started shouting at passengers to get out.
"People started screaming and we all started running quite calmly up the stairs. There were six or seven gun shots behind us. It was very surreal. No one was pushing or shoving. We were in a state of shock,” Godly said. "It was only afterwards that I realized how lucky we had been."
Chris Wells, a 28-year-old company manager, said he was traveling on the Victoria Line (search) towards Vauxhall when he left the train at Stockwell.
He saw about 20 police officers, some of them armed, rushing into the station before a man jumped over the barriers with police giving chase.
"There were at least 20 officers and they were carrying big black guns,” Wells said. "The next thing I saw was this guy jump over the barriers and the police officers were chasing after him and everyone was just shouting 'get out, get out'."
Christopher Scaglione, 35, a fashion designer, was also on a Victoria Line tube train shortly before the incident. He told the Press Association that the train didn’t stop at Vauxhall and so he got out at Stockwell.
"I was just on my way out when I heard at first a little bang, not like a bomb more like a gun, and then people were shouting,” Scaglione said. "People then started to run and I heard two or three more bangs like people shooting."
Chris Martin said he was waiting on the northbound Northern line platform at Stockwell station and a train had pulled in when several men burst on to the platform about 20 yards from him.
"There was obviously some sort of altercation going on, and then they came flying on to the platform and these guys just threw this man into the open doors of the train. "Then I heard shots, I thought it was three but someone else said five.
"It sounded like a silencer gun going off, and then there was blind panic, with people shouting and screaming and just running away,” Martin said.