Plymouth shooting – 'Five dead' and suspect 'shot by cops' after gun rampage as MP warns of ‘grim day for our city'

Plymouth shooting – 'Five dead' and suspect 'shot by cops' after gun rampage as MP warns of ‘grim day for our city'

August 12, 2021

MULTIPLE fatalities have been confirmed after a "critical" incident in Plymouth tonight – as an MP warned of a "grim day for our city".

Armed cops and at least four air ambulances flooded the Keyham suburb after locals said they heard "gunshots" shortly after 6pm.

Police have confirmed that there have been multiple fatalities, but it is not believed to be terror related at this time according to Sky News.

It is understood that up to "five people" have died in the serious firearms incident.

It is also claimed that the shooter was "shot by armed police officers" after the bloody rampage.

A spokesman for 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."

Footage circulating online appeared to show a bloodied victim on the ground surrounded by armed police.

In one video posted to social media an armed officer can be heard telling members of the public to "walk away" from the scene.

Police dogs are also on scene searching the area within the cordon, with the emergency response appearing to centre on North Down Crescent near a school and kids' playground.


Local MPs have described the situation s "very serious", adding that it is a "grim day" for their community.

Luke Pollard MP said: "There looks to be a very serious situation happening in Keyham. Please can everyone stay safe, stay indoors and follow police advice.

"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."

Johnny Mercer MP added: "I am aware of a serious and tragic incident unfolding in Plymouth.

"The incident is not terror related, and neither is the suspect on the run in Plymouth. Remain calm.

"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."

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."

South Western Ambulance spokesman said: "We were called at 18:12 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."

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