Police have confirmed a number of people have died in Plymouth, southwest England, after a gunman opened fire.
Armed police rushed to the Keyham suburb after locals said they heard “gunshots”.
Police responded to a “serious firearms” incident in Biddick Dr, in the Keyham area of Plymouth at 6.10pm today (Thursday 12 August), a spokesman confirmed.
“Officers and ambulance staff attended,” the spokesman told PlymouthLive.
“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.”
South Western Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics attended the scene and would be giving updates on the situation.
Residents reportedly heard “gun shots” and “loud bangs” before the emergency services were on scene.
The incident is not believed to be terror-related.
Dozens of locals have reported a “shooting” online, with footage circulating online appearing 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 have urged the public not to share videos on social media.
Police dogs are also on scene searching the area within the cordon.
‘A grim day’
Local MPs have described the situation as “very serious”, adding that it is a “grim day” for the 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.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer paid tribute to the emergence services who “ran towards events we’d all run from”.
South Western Ambulance spokesman said: “We responded to the incident with a significant number of resources, including Hazardous Area Response Teams, multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics.”
Plymouth is a port city in Devon, southwest England. Devon and Cornwall Police has been contacted for more information.
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