13 Aug Plymouth shooting: Child among six killed in serious firearms incident, MP says | UK News
A child is among six people who have died after a shooting in Plymouth, one of the city’s MPs has said.
Devon and Cornwall Police earlier confirmed the number of fatalities following Thursday’s shooting in the Keyham area.
Two females and two males were found dead at the scene – along with a man who has been described as the suspected offender.
All are believed to have died from gunshot wounds.
Another female who was treated at the scene, also for gunshot wounds, died later in hospital.
On Twitter, MP Luke Pollard wrote: “I’m utterly devastated that one of the people killed in the #keyham shooting was a child under 10 years old.”
He also confirmed that more people are being treated for their injuries in hospital.
Officers were called to the scene on Biddick Drive at about 6.10pm last night, with two air ambulances also filmed arriving.
South Western Ambulance Service said “Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics” were dispatched.
Police declared a “critical incident” but stressed the shooting was not terror-related and they are not looking for anyone else.
The next of kin of those who died have been informed.
One witness, who lives near the scene, and gave her name as Sharron, told the BBC: “Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three, possibly four to begin with.
“This was when the shooter kicked in the door of a house and randomly started shooting… he ran from the house shooting as he ran and proceeded to shoot at a few people in the Linear Park up from the drive.”
Members of the public are being urged not to post or share footage from the immediate aftermath of the incident on social media.
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the incident as “shocking” and said her thoughts were with all those affected.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer echoed her remarks, adding: “I pay tribute to our emergency services who ran towards events we’d all run from.”
The city’s football team, Plymouth Argyle, tweeted: “Our hearts go out to victims of tonight’s tragic incident in our city, alongside their families, friends, and the wider Plymouth community.”