6 people, including suspected gunman, killed in Plymouth shooting
Five people as well as the suspected shooter have been killed in a “serious firearms incident” in the British port city of Plymouth that drew a massive response from police and emergency services.
A total of six people died in the shooting, police reported on Thursday. Two men and two women were killed on the scene, yet another woman died in hospital, Devon and Cornwall Police reported. A suspected gunman was also pronounced deceased at the scene.
Helicopters, multiple ambulances were sent to the scene as what was initially described as a “serious firearms incident” unfolded around 6.10 pm local time.
#Police have confirmed there were six fatalities, including the suspect, in the firearms incident in the Keyham area of #Plymouth this evening.https://t.co/n7OZwzsHBvpic.twitter.com/KUZpFFn0c5— Devon & Cornwall Police (@DC_Police) August 12, 2021
Shortly after the incident, Conservative MP Johnny Mercer was quick to state that the shooting “was not terror related,” and that no suspect was “on the run” in Plymouth, while Labour MP Luke Pollard described the incident as “worrying” and urged locals to “stay indoors and follow police advice.”
Police later confirmed that the shooting was not linked to terrorism, and urged the public to provide footage of the incident to police.
Update: awaiting confirmation of number of victims but this looks like a very grim day for our city and our community. Please can I ask that you think of the families and our community and not share any images or videos of any of the victims. #keyham— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) August 12, 2021
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel described the shooting as “shocking.”
The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected. I have spoken to the Chief Constable and offered my full support. I urge everyone to remain calm, follow police advice and allow our emergency services to get on with their jobs.— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) August 12, 2021
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