There have been a “number of fatalities” and “several” other casualties are receiving treatment following a “serious firearms incident” in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall police say.
A shooter involved in the incident has been shot and is believed to be dead.
Police in Plymouth have confirmed a “number of fatalities” in a “serious firearms incident”.
Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Biddick Drive in the Keyham area at about 18:10 BST on Thursday.
The force said: “There have been a number of fatalities at the scene and several other casualties are receiving treatment.”
One of these is understood to be a young child and two females.
A major incident is currently unfolding in Plymouth with HART, police and air ambulances present after they were scrambled to Biddick Drive after a female and young child was shot.
A second female was then found shot on Henderson Place in the City at around 6.30pm on Thursday evening after a man went on the rampage with a firearm.
This is an ongoing incident and other casualties have been reported.
Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer tweeted it was “not terror related” and the suspect was not on the run.
Police declared a critical incident but said they believed it had now been contained.
Officers appealed to the public not to speculate or share pictures of the scene on social media or anywhere else.
One witness, who lives near Biddick Drive and gave her name as Sharron, told the BBC the incident was “horrendous and so sad”.
She said: “Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three, possibly four to begin with.
“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.”
Really worrying news coming out of Keyham in #plymouth. Please can everyone stay safe, stay indoors and follow police advice.— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) August 12, 2021
Home secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “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.”