Police said they received reports that a silver Ford Transit van crashed into railings at a roundabout junction in Old Lane, Beeston, at 2.20pm yesterday. (Sept 8)
Eye witnesses say a man then fled the vehicle with what appeared to be guns under his arms.
West Yorkshire Police said “rifle-type” firearms which matched descriptions of reports were found by officers in a garden of a nearby home in Cross Flatts Crescent.
An eye witness said: “The man was running the streets with two shotguns. There were women and children running around and panicking.
“I was worried for people’s safety.”
The witness said officers arrived on scene at 2.50pm and began sealing off the area.
Police said the van has now been seized.
Det Insp Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said: “The vehicle and the weapons are being recovered for forensic examination and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.
“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident, who has not already given their details to officers, or anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.”