(London) “six people”, including the suspected shooter and a 10-year-old child, and several injured, were killed in a shooting late Thursday in Plymouth, south-west England, local officials said.
Posted on Aug 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm Updated at 9:38 pm
Police and ambulance services had been called for a “serious firearm incident” at the end of the day in a residential area of the city near the docks.
“Two women and two men died on the spot,” said the police on Thursday night after hours of uncertainty about the incident. “Another man who was believed to have been the attacker also died on the spot.”
Another woman who was being treated on the spot died shortly after in the hospital, police added.
“We assume that everyone died from their gunshot wounds,” said the police, stressing that the event was not related to terrorism.
Shortly after police confirmed the death toll, local MP Luke Pollard responded on Twitter by assuring that one of the victims was “a child under ten”.
“Other injured people are being hospitalized,” added the Labor-elected official. “There is no word for this horror. My condolences and thoughts go to the families ”.
There remains uncertainty about the link between the shooter and the victims, as well as many details about what happened in the town of approximately 262,000 residents in the peaceful county of Devon.
“The police want to stress that this is not a terrorist incident,” added the police, saying they were not looking for anyone in connection with the shooting. “The investigation continues,” they assured.
“He shot people on the street”
In local media, residents said they heard loud bangs and gunshots before the police arrived.
Sharron, a witness who had only agreed to give her first name to the BBC, said she heard screams followed by several gunshots. “The shooter broke the door of a house and started shooting,” she said. “He came out of the house, kept shooting and shooting at people in the street.”
Robert Pinkerton, a second witness, told UK television that he “drove around the corner” and “stumbled upon a guy with a rifle” dressed in all black.
Referring to “shocking” facts about which she did not provide information, Interior Minister Priti Patel said her thoughts were “with those affected”. “I ask everyone to keep calm, take the advice of the police and let our emergency services do their job,” she added.
Mass murders are still rare in the UK, where police officers are largely unarmed and the south-west of England, a popular tourist destination, is known as a peaceful part of the country.
Plymouth is home to the largest naval base in Western Europe, including nuclear submarines and giant warships.