POLICE have arrested a second man after armed officers shut down Southampton city centre yesterday.
A 21-year-old from the city is in custody this morning after being arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and assault thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.
Yesterday, Hampshire Constabulary arrested an 18-year-old Southampton man on suspicion of the same offences.
The pair remain in police custody, and have not yet been charged.
The arrests come after two people were seen with “long barrelled firearms” on the roofs of stores in Above Bar Street.
Pictures of the incident, shared to the Daily Echo by readers, have been edited by the paper to blur the faces of those pictured. The original images have been passed on to Hampshire police to aid its investigation.
Police then cordoned off part of the city centre.
One man, a 21-year-old from the city, later reported he had been shot in the leg with what we believed to be an air weapon.
His injury is not considered serious.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We understand that this incident has concerned people in the town centre yesterday.
“We want to thank those who called us and alerted us to this incident, and those who have come forward as witnesses so far.”
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