A father has described the moment he witnessed a man firing a gun while dropping his kids off at school today.
Mohammad Almfauani, 33, was taking his two daughters, Renas and Enas, to St George’s RC Primary School for their first day.
He said he saw a man being shot by another man close to the school gate around 9am.
He said: “This was actually my two daughters’ first day at the school, I can’t believe this has happened.
“I stopped my car not far from the school gate and was about to let my daughters out when I spotted two guys walking towards the gate.
“I thought one of the guys, couldn’t have been that old, was carrying a gun.
“I was thinking that the guys must just be playing as this was really close to the school gate.
“I wasn’t sure if it was real or not but I told my kids to wait in the car just in case.
“But then I saw the guy shooting the other, it was so loud. I knew then that it was real.
“The guy ran up the opposite end of the street from me and I thought I saw him put the gun away but I can’t say for sure.
“I shouted for help for someone to try and stop the guy. I would have chased him but I did not want my kids to see this.
“I took my kids straight home and told them that they will be starting school tomorrow.
“I just said that I had to do more paperwork before they could start as I did not want them to be frightened.
“I came back to speak to the teachers and the police were already here, and there was a helicopter in the air.
“Parents were arriving and there was a lot of screaming. It was really scary.”