BRANFORD, Conn. (NewsNation Now) — SWAT and Connecticut State Police are responding to an active shooter situation Tuesday afternoon in Branford where a barricaded person is reportedly firing shots at officers and the public.
NewsNation affiliate WTNH is on the scene in the area of Main Street near Cherry Hill Road in Branford. There are heavily armed police officers blocking off the area. The public is also urged to avoid the area as the scene is not safe at this time.
Branford PD confirmed to WTNH around 4:30 p.m., there is one gunshot victim with non-life-threatening injuries who had been transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Bomb Squad is also on the scene because the suspect is reportedly threatening to blow up the building in which he has barricaded himself, sources tell WTNH.
Branford police say that several police agencies, including the Connecticut State Police, are assisting and the South Central Regional SWAT Team has arrived.
Police say the call came into police at 12:03 p.m. of an active shooter in the area. Upon arrival, responding officers encountered heavy gunfire coming from the upper floors of a business/apartment building.
Witnesses tell WTNH that a man is barricaded inside of a hair salon and is opening fire on to police officers.
Officers continued to face heavy gunfire and were pinned down until armored BearCat vehicles arrived.
Those witnesses are inside of a laundromat that is located in a nearby shopping plaza, and they said that police told them to take cover.
Witnesses also tell WTNH that they can see through the windows that police are trying to surround the building with the gunman inside but since he is opening fire, they have not been able to completely surround it.
Witnesses say that the man is also opening fire towards members of the public who are at the shopping plaza. Police are surrounding that plaza as well.
WTNH spoke exclusively with a woman named Jeanine sheltering in place in a nearby laundromat. She has been there for about five hours.
“It was getting really, really close, so the lady at the laundromat said ‘he’s starting to shoot around the parking lot’ so the cops came in the store and told everyone to go in the back and don’t go by the window,” : Jeanine said.
NewsNation affiliate WTNH contributed to this report