Police name gunman found dead after salon shootings

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Gwent police have named the man found dead in woods after a shooting incident involving three women at a hair salon in Newport as 45 year old Darren Williams of Cwmbran.

Gwent Police said the man's body was found at around 8.15pm last night in woods in the Newport area. They are not treating the death as suspicious or looking for anyone in connection with it.

Police launched a manhunt after the shootings at Carol-Ann's Hair Stylist, in Newport yesterday afternoon. One woman was shot in the knee after a man armed with a gun went into the shop at around 2.20pm. Another woman suffered an injury to the neck and a third was injured in the arm, but police would not confirm whether they had been shot.

None of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening.

A police spokeswoman said: "A male had entered the premises with a firearm.

"Officers have recovered a firearm from the premises. A female received a gunshot wound to the knee.

"Another female has an injury to the neck and another female an injury to the arm. At this time, the nature of these injuries has not been confirmed."

Kataru Reddy, who works at the Shell petrol station opposite the salon on Malpas Road, said: "At around 2.30pm a man went into the shop. Soon after, I heard two gunshots and after that I heard shouting."

Mr Reddy said it took 10 minutes for the police to arrive in two vans and two cars, with five police marksmen among them. The road was closed off while police examined the scene, he said.

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said three people were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital.