A gunman killed five people including a young girl in a six-minute shooting spree in Plymouth before turning the weapon on himself, police have confirmed.
Jake Davison (22) shot and killed a woman at a property in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area, before going outside and “immediately” shooting dead the girl and a male relative.
In what Devon and Cornwall Police called a “truly shocking event”, Davison, using what was described as a “pump action shotgun”, shot and killed another man in nearby parkland.
After shooting and fatally injuring another woman in Henderson Place, Davison turned the weapon on himself, the force said.
Armed and unarmed officers arrived at the scene within six minutes of receiving multiple calls from the public, but chief constable Shaun Sawyer said Davison had shot himself before they were able to engage with him.
At a press conference in Plymouth on Friday, he said Davison also shot two other local residents in Biddick Drive who are being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Mr Sawyer said a firearm — described by witnesses as a pump action shotgun — was recovered from the scene.
He added: “Multiple shots have been fired from a firearm during that six-minute-or-so period.
“There are some 13 scenes and potentially more scenes.
“There are therefore five people of Plymouth who have lost their lives overnight — and Mr Davison himself — including a particularly young child.”
Mr Sawyer said the victims’ identities will be made public at a later time.
The chief constable also praised the response of the emergency services and locals, adding: “The community of Plymouth is strong.”
He also urged people not to contact the police unless it is “truly an emergency”, adding: “We are now very, very busy.”
Mr Sawyer confirmed Davison was a firearms licence holder and said “no motive” has been identified at present.
He added: “We are not considering terrorism or a relationship with any far-right group.”
British prime minister Boris Johnson thanked the emergency services for their response to the incident.
He tweeted: “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.”
Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, tweeted that one of those killed was a child under the age of 10.
Mr Pollard added on Friday morning: “Hearing that one of the dead is a small child is utterly heartbreaking.”
“This is an unspeakably grim time for this community,” Mr Pollard told Times Radio.
Witnesses described hearing gunshots, with one saying she saw a man shooting at people.
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.”
South Western Ambulance Service confirmed that it was called just after 6pm on Thursday and responded with a significant number of resources.
UK home secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected.”