Plymouth shooting: Six fatalities in Keyham

Keyham shooting
Police responded to the shooting in Keyham in Plymouth and set up a perimeter.

Police in Plymouth have confirmed six people – including a suspected gunman – have died in a “serious firearms incident”.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Biddick Drive in the Keyham area at about 18:10 BST on Thursday.

The force said three females, two men and a man believed to be the offender have died.

All are believed to have died from gunshot wounds and next of kin have been located and informed, police said.

In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said two females and the three men died at the scene, while one female died shortly after in hospital.

The force added: “The area has been cordoned off and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“Investigations are continuing into the incident and disruption to the road network in the Keyham will remain throughout the night.”

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer earlier tweeted it was “not terror-related”.

Scenes of crime officers in white suits could be seen using cameras in the street and members of the public who lived locally were not allowed into their homes, PA Media reported.

Officers appealed to the public not to speculate or share pictures of the scene on social media or anywhere else.

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Multiple air ambulances have attended including from Devon and Cornwall

 

Home secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “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.”

‘Randomly started shooting’

Eyewitness Sharron, who lives near Biddick Drive and did not want to give her full name, said what happened was “horrendous and so sad”.

“Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three possibly four to begin with,” she said.

“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.”

She said the “shooter proceeded along Royal Navy Avenue still shooting”.

Another witness, Robert Pinkerton, said he “walked around the corner” and “bumped into a bloke with a shotgun”. He said the man was dressed all in black.

People are being asked to stay inside and follow police advice as the emergency services respond.

He later tweeted: “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.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “There’s much we don’t know about the shocking events in Plymouth. However it’s clear tragedy has hit Keyham.

“My thoughts are with the families and neighbours of those caught up in this nightmare. I pay tribute to our emergency services who ran towards events we’d all run from.”

Mr Pollard added Ford Primary School and St Mark’s Church on Cambridge Road would be open from 09:00 on Friday as a “safe place for our community to come together”.

Map showing Plymouth
Emergency services are at the shooting in Plymouth

At the scene

Scott Bingham, BBC South West

Air ambulances
Four air ambulances have been seen taking off from the scene

 

There is still a police presence and the area is cordoned off at Biddick Drive.

Earlier there was a huge number of emergency service vehicles and I lost count of the number of police cars.

We saw at least four air ambulances – one we believe was called in from as far away as Southampton – and also multiple land ambulances.

There has been a huge amount going on.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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