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Plymouth Shooting - Six People Were Killed in Keyham England:

Six people were killed in a mass shooting in Plymouth, England
Plymouth shooting: 'Number of fatalities in a 'serious' shooting incident in Keyham, police say

Plymouth Shooting - Six People Were Killed in Keyham England:

Six people, including a child and suspected gunman, were killed in a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England on Thursday evening, in an incident described by the British Home Secretary as "shocking".

Devon and Cornwall Police said three females, two males and the suspect had died in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday evening.

One of the dead was a child under 10, according to an MP, Luke Pollard, a local lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, said in a tweet. But the shooting is not terror-related, police confirmed.

The death toll means it is the worst mass shooting in the UK for more than a decade.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were called to the Keyham area of the city at 6.10 p.m. on Thursday.

Road closures remained in place overnight after Thursday's shooting.

The 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.

Multiple air ambulances attended the scene, including Devon and Cornwall.

People were told to stay inside and follow police advice as the emergency response developed.

Police had earlier described the shooting as a "serious firearms incident" and said the situation was contained. The police added that the incident was not related to terrorism.

Police said two females and three males died at the scene.

Eyewitness Sharron, who lives nearby 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 semi-detached house and randomly started shooting before shooting a mother and her daughter. 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. Witnessed said she had been told that the man, who was dressed in black and grey, was armed with a semi-automatic weapon."

After the attack, the gunman escaped through a park behind the house and shot two dog walkers.

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.

Two females and three males, including the suspect, died from gunshot wounds at the scene of the incident, the Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement. while one female died shortly after in hospital.

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

Plymouth Sutton & Devonport MP Luke Pollard said the incident was "unspeakably awful" and that he was "utterly devastated" to learn one of those killed was a child.

"Investigations are continuing into the incident and disruption to the road network in the Keyham area will remain throughout the night," the police said.

The United Kingdom has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world, and mass shootings are rare. This was the first mass shooting in the country in 11 years.

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The last mass shooting in Britain happened in 2010 when taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 people in Cumbria.

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.

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

"The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected," Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Twitter.

"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."

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".

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