Fans and clubs pay tribute overnight following a tragic incident in Plymouth on Thursday, close to Home Park football stadium.
Six people have been killed in a shooting in the Keyham area of Plymouth, and the incident isn’t thought to be terrorist related.
Police were called to Biddick Drive shortly after 6pm, where they found two women and two men dead at the scene – along with the suspected gunman.
Another woman who had been getting treated at the scene later died in hospital.
All are thought to have died from gunshot wounds with local MP Luke Pollard also confirming on Twitter that one of the victims was a child under 10 years old, saying he was “utterly devastated” to share the update.
More people are being treated for their injuries in hospital following what happened and police have declared a “critical incident” as multiple emergency services were scrambled to the scene.
Plymouth MP Luke Pollard has confirmed “quite a large part” of Keyham where the attack took place remains cordoned off and will be for “quite some time”.
“There’s an awful lot of people for whom access to emergency support is essential to make sense of it and then to make sure that what they saw is shared with the police,” he told BBC Breakfast.
Mr Pollard said the area was “wonderfully safe normally”.
“To witness it outside your front door, to see that awfulness in your community, I’m afraid it’s going to take our community a wee while to be able to process it all and then come together,” he added.
“I know that we will because the community is strong and we will look after each other in the days ahead.”
Sky’s Ashna Hurynag wrote on Friday morning: “I’m standing by the entrance to Biddick Drive. Officers have been there throughout the night and within the last hour we saw a coroner’s van going up the drive.
“Police presence is going to continue throughout the day. Later we’re likely going to see forensics teams making their way down here and continuing their investigations.”
— LaBelleVerte (@EllBeeVee) August 12, 2021
Neighbouring MP Johnny Mercer has condemned the shooting as an “appalling act of violence”, saying it will have “far-reaching effects throughout the community”.
“I know everybody says it but you just don’t expect it to happen in Plymouth,” he told Sky’s Kay Burley.
He continued: “Clearly there is a lot of work to do to support communities who saw some horrific incidents unfolding on their doorsteps yesterday.
“There’s families at the centre of all this and we’ll pull together as a city.”
Describing the incident as “one of our darkest days for many many years”, he said he will “do everything to support our brilliant people at this time”.
Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, says the city has suffered one of its “darkest days in many, many years” following a shooting in Plymouth’s Keyham neighbourhood which has left six people dead, including the suspected gunman.https://t.co/iTFBjmNCV9 pic.twitter.com/zDOcskDYL9
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 13, 2021
Plymouth City Council leader Nick Kelly is among local politicians who have reacted to the news this morning.
“I was shocked and saddened about last night’s awful events and like everyone else in Plymouth struggled to take in how this has happened in a city such as ours,” he said in a statement.
“Today our city is mourning and my heart goes out to all those who are directly affected by this incident.
“While we do not yet have all the details, we know that this is a harrowing tragedy that will have an impact not just on the victims’ families, but people living in this neighbourhood and the wider city.”
Manager of the city’s League One club, Ryan Lowe @rlowe15, tweeted once hearing the news: Plymouth 💚🙏🏼x
While tensions are no doubt put on alert within the city, it’s expected that the Pilgrims’ league clash against Gillingham is expected to go ahead unless any further statement is issued.
As mentioned, football fans and clubs pay tribute following the tragic incident in Plymouth…
I think we should pay respects to everyone before kickoff on saturdays game💚
— Josh 🏴 (@cravopafc) August 12, 2021
Our thoughts are with you all ❤️
— Exeter City (@OfficialECFC) August 12, 2021
💚 Our thoughts are with the City of Plymouth this evening. https://t.co/yaKUcwk0Zw
— Bolton Wanderers (@OfficialBWFC) August 12, 2021
Terrible news from Plymouth tonight, thoughts are with everyone affected. 💚💙 https://t.co/bg7VpYwgir
— The Wycombe Way (@theWycombeWay) August 12, 2021
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth this evening.
— Port Vale FC (@OfficialPVFC) August 12, 2021
Our thoughts are with you all. https://t.co/SxtqshytRR
— Gillingham FC (@TheGillsFC) August 12, 2021
The thoughts and prayers of everybody at Torquay United AFC are with all the families and friends of those involved in Plymouth this evening. 💛 https://t.co/27hLQxZQen
— Torquay United FC (@TUFC1899) August 12, 2021
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) August 12, 2021
@MaxCart32699926: Thoughts are with you at this tragic time, everyone stay safe from myself and my fellow Bristol Rovers supporters💙
@pafc_brad: Love this none of this should be going on in our city rip to those who lost there lives tonight 💚
@lukeyCPFC34: Thoughts go out to all the loved ones who lost some of their family members tonight in that tragic event, condolences to all their families tonight from @CPFC fans from all over the country tonight 🔴🔵🦅💚 #FootballClubsUniteAsOne #WeStandTogether
@jensonecfc: Look after yourselves, everyone’s behind you, stay safe ❤️
@TBlade1889: I am sure I speak for everyone not just from the Red and White side of Sheffield when I say that our thoughts are with you all in Plymouth ❤💚
@AshleyMeads10: Thoughts and prayers to everyone in Plymouth Arygle and the wider community from a Bristol Rovers fan
@tonyh1265: Thoughts with the ppl from Plymouth. Chelsea supporter but got family ties to the wonderful city 🙏🙏💚💚
@NickJacksonPosh: Thoughts from Peterborough to your fantastic city on this terrible news. Have family in Plymouth and have ways loved it. Green Army 💚
@Redmc88: Rivalries aside, I know all at @Official_STFC will be thinking off you all tonight. Stay safe and our respects to those who have sadly lost their lives tonight.
@levelplayingfi5: Thoughts are with your city after this heinous act 😢#lufc
@Boltonbarmyboy1: My sincere condolences to all the families and people effected in such horrible circumstances from everyone at @OfficialBWFC
@Pafc_James: Minutes silence in order on Saturday. PAFC will unite for our city
@MattyBWba96: Sending love to everyone @Only1Argyle from West Midlands @WBA 💙🤍
@KyleGatfield97: Minute silence on Saturday please for those that have lost lives 😢
@Rob86360719: Thoughts with everyone affected from Oxford. Stay safe
@stuartwallace1: Just read about it – awful news – thoughts from Preston
@LeeHowson: Thoughts with you all Barnsley fan
@stfcjosh: Stay safe everyone ❤️
@wgflamer: Thoughts with you all from a Brighton fan