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Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed that six people are believed to have died from gunshot wounds after a tragic incident in Keyham, Plymouth.
Police have said that they believe one of the deceased is the gunman who also died at the scene from gun shot wounds.
Two females and two males were also pronounced dead at the scene while another female was taken to hospital where she died a short time later.
In a statement from police just after midnight, a spokesperson said: "Following attendance at the scene, two females and two males were deceased at the scene.
"A further male, believed to be the offender, was also deceased at the scene. All are believed to have died from gunshot wounds."
Local MP Luke Pollard kept the public updated on events through the evening and expressed his condolences at news of those killed.
In a Tweet he wrote: "Police have confirmed that six people have died in the shooting in #keyham in #plymouth. More people are being treated for their injuries in hospital. Just so unspeakably awful. My condolences and thoughts are with the families."
Witnesses had described hearing gunshots on Thursday evening, with one saying she saw a man "randomly" start shooting at people in the Keyham area of the city
Emergency services were called to Biddick Drive shortly after 6pm on Thursday.
One witness, who lives near Biddick Drive and gave her name as Sharron, told the BBC: "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."
Devon and Cornwall Police have been at pains to stress to the public that this is not a terrorism related incident.
Local MP Johnny Mercer tweeted that the incident is "not terror related".
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