Neighbours are horrified after a man was shot by armed police in South Shields today.
At 1.02am police received a report of a man in possession of a handgun in the street in Frenchmans Way, Horsley Hill.
Armed officers attended and made contact with the man, during which the man was shot by police.
A section of Frenchmans Way has been cordoned off while enquiries into the incident are carried out.
The 24-year-old man has been taken to hospital with a single gunshot wound and is currently receiving treatment.
A mum-of-three said: "I heard a bang but I initially thought it was just like a firework banger.
"So I phoned my friend who lives down the street and she was already outside.
"There was a man lying on the floor not moving and then the ambulance came and took him away."
A resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I heard sirens at 1.40am and they sounded really close.
"Then at 3.45am I was up with the bairn who was unwell and that's when I saw all of this outside.
"I've heard there was supposed to be a man running about with a gun, if it's true that's disgusting. Imagine if this happened during the day when there's kids playing out.
"The police had to do what they have do."
Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and it has been referred to the IPCC, this is a matter of course in any incident resulting in death or serious injury following police contact.
The IPCC said: "Independent Police Complaints Commission investigators have been sent to South Shields to begin an investigation into a police shooting incident.
"Northumbria Police reported to the IPCC that a man had been shot during an incident in Frenchmans Way shortly after 1am this morning.
"We will issue further updates when we can."