|A man has attacked a British coastal town of Plymouth with a firearm, killing five people. Photo: BBC|
LONDON: A man has shot dead five people in the British city of Plymouth. However, the assailant was also killed in the police firing and the incident has not been termed as an act of terrorism.
Other sources make it clear that the death toll from the attack could be much higher. According to police, the incident took place at around 6:00 pm in the Kehim area.
Six people were killed in a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England on Thursday evening, in an incident described by the British Home Secretary as “shocking”https://t.co/xPGeOjkgLI
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Police have advised citizens to stay home after the incident and not to be intimidated by rumors. Police have also told people to refrain from posting pictures of the dead on social media if they have them.
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Eleven years later, a massacre took place in Britain where five people, including a 3-year-old child, were killed in a shooting.
Police are investigating the background of the assailant, who had a firearms license, AFP reported.
Police are still trying to determine the cause of the bloody attack on 22-year-old Jack Davison, a gunman who shot himself six minutes later in a residential area of Plymouth in the south-west of England. The area is not far from the largest naval base in Western Europe.
Devon and Cornwall police have ruled out linking the incident to right-wing extremist groups, including terrorism.
He said the attacker had a good relationship with the 51-year-old victim, but did not confirm reports that she was the attacker’s mother.
Police say Davison shot a 3-year-old boy and killed his 43-year-old companion on the side of the road after killing the woman in their home and also targeted another woman and a man nearby.
Chief Constable Shawn Sevier told reporters that two other civilians were also wounded in the shooting, but that they were not fatal, since Davison had obtained a firearms license in 2020.
National and international leaders expressed outrage after the incident, while questions were raised about Davison’s past activities and police response, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the emergency services.
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all those killed in Plymouth last night,” Johnson said in a statement on the social networking site Twitter.
6, including suspected shooter, killed in British city of Plymouth during “serious firearms incident” that wasn’t terror-related, police sayhttps://t.co/YPN16h7ml9
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Multiple fatalities in shooting incident in British city of Plymouth: Report https://t.co/b6e9m5Nbg8
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Strict gun laws
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.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 13, 2021