Six Killed in Plymouth Shooting Incident, Including Suspect

By Lily Zhou
Lily Zhou
Lily Zhou
Lily Zhou is a freelance writer mostly covering UK news for The Epoch Times.
August 13, 2021 Updated: August 13, 2021

Three males and three females died on Thursday following a shooting incident in Plymouth, police in England have said.

One of the males is believed to be the shooter.

Devon & Cornwall Police said five people were found dead when they attended the scene in Biddick Drive, in the Keyham area of Plymouth at around 6:10 p.m. on Thursday and one female died shortly after in hospital.

All are believed to have died from gunshot wounds.

Police said all families have been located and informed, but they are yet to confirm the identities of the deceased.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth, Sutton, and Devonport, said a local newspaper reported that one of the victims is a small child under 1o. Pollard said the incident is “unspeakably awful.”

Police officers and marked patrol cars were stationed at cordons on Thursday night on roads close to the scene of the incident.

Scenes of crime officers in white suits could be seen using cameras in the street.

Members of the public who lived locally were not allowed into their homes. In a statement published just after midnight, Devon & Cornwall Police said the disruption to the road network in the Keyham would remain throughout the night.

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A police cordon is seen where six people, including the offender, died of gunshot wounds in a firearms incident in the Keyham area of Plymouth, England, on Aug. 13, 2021. (Ben Birchall/PA)
Plymouth shooting incident
Forensic officers in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth where six people, including the offender, died of gunshot wounds in a firearms incident Thursday evening, in Plymouth, England, on Aug. 13, 2021. (Ben Birchall/PA)

Police said that they are continuing to investigate, but are not looking for anyone other suspect and stressed that the incident is not terrorism-related.

Members of the public who have mobile footage of “the immediate aftermath of the incident” are urged not to post them on social media and to respect the families of the victims.

One witness, who lives near Biddick Drive and gave her name as Sharron, said she saw a man randomly shooting people.

“Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots—three, possibly four to begin with,” she told the BBC.

“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.”

Another witness, Robert Pinkerton, told the BBC he had “walked around the corner” and “bumped into a bloke with a shotgun.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a tweet on Thursday evening that the incident is “shocking” and her thoughts are with those affected.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also expressed his condolences on Twitter.

“My thoughts are with the friends and family of those who lost their lives and with all those affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night. I thank the emergency services for their response,” he wrote on Friday.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Zhou
Lily Zhou
Lily Zhou is a freelance writer mostly covering UK news for The Epoch Times.