Gunman kills 5 in Plymouth, mother, toddler and 3 random members of the public
A gunman has gone on the rampage tonight in Plymouth, killing at least five people before turning the gun on himself. Several of the killer's relatives, including his own mother are believed to be among the dead
Shocking news coming in from Plymouth tonight, a gunman killing at least five people before turning the weapon on himself.
Police have confirmed there were a number of fatalities at the scene with others left injured at the scene needing medical treatment.
Naval Port City, the area in which the killings took place were put into lockdown as emergency response teams rushed to the scene.
Local MPs have urged residents to remain calm and stay indoors as more information was coming through, stating it was a 'grim day for the city and community.
This was the first incident in Britain that involved an active shooter in the last 11 years.
Security sources have confirmed tonight that six people have been killed in the bloodbath but have added that this is not being treated as a terrorist attack.
Armed police, the Hazardous Area Response Unit (HART), National Police Air Service and around three air ambulances raced to the scene of the 'serious and tragic incident' tonight in North Prospect following reports of 'loud bangs' and 'gun shots' in Biddick Drive just after 6pm.
One witness, who gave her name as Sharron, said she saw the gunman 'kick in the door of a house' before he 'randomly started shooting'.
She 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.'
A video posted on social media showed a body covered in a sheet lying on a pavement as an armed policeman stood close by.
Johnny Mercer, the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, sought to reassure his constituents on Twitter, saying the incident was 'not terror-related' and the suspect involved was not 'on the run'.
He added: 'It is for the police to confirm further details. Do not repost chatter or gossip; work with them. We have the best cops in the land.'
As the scenes continue to unfold, local Labour MP Luke Pollard tweeted: 'Really worrying news coming out of Keyham in Plymouth. Please can everyone stay safe, stay indoors and follow police advice.'
He added: '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.
And Home Secretary Priti Patel said: '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.'
Elsewhere, shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds tweeted: 'Truly terrible news. Thinking of the families and friends of those who have died and those injured. Thank you to our remarkable emergency services.
'I've been in contact with local representatives to express my support for the whole community of Plymouth on this awful evening.'
Devon and Cornwall Police said: 'Police were called to a serious firearms incident in Biddick Drive, in the Keyham area of Plymouth at around 6.10pm today.
'Officers and ambulance staff attended. There have been a number of fatalities at the scene and several other casualties are receiving treatment.
A critical incident has been declared. The area has been cordoned off and police believe the situation is contained. Road closures are in place so please avoid the area.
'We are appealing to the public not to speculate or share pictures of the scene on social media or anywhere else.
We will provide more information on log number 768 of 12/08/21 as soon as we can.'
A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'We were called at 6.12pm to an ongoing incident in Plymouth.
'We responded to the incident with a significant number of resources, including Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics. We will provide an update here in due course.'
A nearby school sports centre has been closed down and people are being told to stay indoors by police.
Cordons have also been put in place around a block of flats to prevent pedestrians from accessing the area.
And Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth has also been evacuated as a precaution.