Air Ambulances from Devon and Cornwall were called to the site of an incident believed to be a shooting in Plymouth, England. (Screenshot/Twitter)
- Media reports said five or six people had been killed in the incident and a gunman reportedly shot dead by police
PLYMOUTH: A number of people have been killed in a serious firearms incident in Plymouth, southwest England, on Thursday evening, police said, adding that they believed the situation was contained.
Media reports said five or six people had been killed in the incident and a gunman reportedly shot dead by police. Police did not confirm the number of fatalities.
Devon & Cornwall Police said they were called to the Keyham area of the city at 6.10 p.m. on Thursday.
“There have been a number of fatalities at the scene and several other casualties are receiving treatment,” they said.
Local lawmaker Johnny Mercer said on Twitter: “The incident is not terror related, and neither is the suspect on the run in Plymouth.”
“I am aware of a serious and tragic incident unfolding in Plymouth. Please obey all instructions from the police,” Mercer, a member of parliament for the Conservative Party, posted on Twitter.
South Western Ambulance Service earlier said it had 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.
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
British Home Secretary Priti Patel called the incident “shocking” and that her thoughts were “with those affected” but did not reveal further details of what occurred.
“I have spoken to the Chief Constable and offered my full support,” she tweeted. “I urge everyone to remain calm, follow police advice and allow our emergency services to get on with their jobs.”
British media said witnesses had reported hearing loud bangs and gunshots before police swamped the area.
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