A number of people have been killed in a serious firearms incident in Plymouth, southwest England, police say, adding that they believe the situation has been contained.

Six people have been killed in a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England, in an incident described by the British Home Secretary as “shocking”.

Two females and three males, including the suspect, died from gunshot wounds at the scene of the incident on Thursday evening, the Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Another female died a short time later in hospital.

Police had earlier described the shooting as a “serious firearms incident” and said the situation was contained.

A number of people have been killed in a serious firearms incident in Plymouth, UK.
A number of people have been killed in a serious firearms incident in Plymouth, UK. Credit: BPM/Australscope

Police said the incident was not related to terrorism.

The United Kingdom has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world, and mass shootings are rare.

Sharron Turner, 57, who lives behind the scene of the shooting, told The Times newspaper that a gunman had “kicked in” the front door of a semi-detached house before shooting a young mother and her daughter, who was aged about five.

Turner said she had been told 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, The Times reported.

Investigations continue

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

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

“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 South Western Ambulance Service earlier said it had responded to the incident with a significant number of resources, including Hazardous Area Response Teams, multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics.

‘SERIOUS AND TRAGIC: Multiple dead in Plymouth, UK shooting incident
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