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Mass Shooting Leaves 6 Dead in 'Gun-Free' England

Child 'under 10' is among death toll during 'critical incident' in Plymouth

 on 13th August 2021 @ 12.00pm
6 people have died in a mass shooting in plymouth  england © press
6 people have died in a mass shooting in Plymouth, England

A mass shooting in "gun-free" England has left six people dead, including a child "under ten," according to reports.

The gunman is among the death toll after the shooting in Plymouth, Devon, on Thursday night, one of the city's MPs has confirmed.

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed two females and two males were found dead at the scene in Keyham.

The man who is believed to be the suspected offender, named locally as Jake Davison, is also reported to have been found dead at the scene after turning the gun on himself.

All are believed to have died from gunshot wounds.

Police said the incident, the worst mass shooting in the United Kingdom since 2010, is not terror-related.

the shooter has been named locally as jake davison © press
The shooter has been named locally as Jake Davison

Four people died at the scene and one died later in hospital, according to the BBC.

An MP has said one victim was a child but no further details have been given about the deceased.

Emergency services were called to Biddick Drive shortly after 18:00 BST on Thursday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said two females and the three males 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."

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.

People were asked to stay inside and follow police advice as the emergency services responded.

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 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."

locals posted images and video of police and air ambulances flooding the scene on thursday night © press
Locals posted images and video of police and air ambulances flooding the scene on Thursday night

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

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."

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, described Thursday's events as "tragic" and "devastating."

"There were some fairly traumatic aspects to this incident and as a community now need to come together and try and understand it as much as we can."

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