A witness told the BBC the man had been pursued by plainclothes police officers who fired five shots at close range.
“I saw them offload five shots into the person on the floor,” an eyewitness, Mark Whitby, told BBC television. “I saw them kill a man.”
Mr. Whitby said the man was shot by the officers as he ran into the train from the station. “He looked out of place,” Mr. Whitby said, adding that the man was wearing a heavy winter coat in summer.
Was it a bomb?
Another passenger on the train, Anthony Larkin, told BBC News the man had been wearing a “bomb belt with wires coming out”.
“I’ve seen these police officers shouting, “Get down, get down!”, and I’ve seen this guy who appears to have a bomb belt and wires coming out.
Still, there are no official reports as to whether it actually was a bomb. Something I find odd, but maybe they’re just being close-mouthed about releasing info for the moment.
A Muslim Council spokesman said Muslims were “jumpy and nervous” and feared reprisal attacks.
“I have just had one phone call saying ‘What if I was carrying a rucksack?’,” said Inayat Bunglawala, referring to the rucksack bombs used in the London attacks.
“It’s vital the police give a statement about what occurred (at Stockwell) and explain why the man was shot dead,” Bunglawala said.
Update: “Sky Television News cited security sources as saying the man was not a bomber.”