BREAKING: Gunman firing outside US embassy in Haiti – 'seek shelter'

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A GUNMAN is reportedly on the loose outside the US embassy in Haiti.

Haiti Embassy

GUNFIRE: People in the vicinity are urged to shelter in the building they currently are in (Pic: GETTY STOCK)

The US state department for travel said the gunfire was coming from the rear of the building.

It urged any nearby travellers to seek shelter in place.

The first report of gunfire was issued at around 12.50pm local time.

There are cureently no reports of any injuries or fatalities. 

In a statement, the department said: “Gunfire coming from the rear entrance to the Embassy.

“Shelter in place is in effect for the Embassy compound.

“If you are travelling to the Embassy, find a safe area to shelter in place.”

“Shelter in place” is to seek safety within the building you are already in, rather than evacuating the area or seeking a community emergency shelter.

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