Rare mass shooting in England kills at least five people
At least five people were killed in Plymouth, England, on Friday in the United Kingdom's worst mass shooting in over a decade, CNN reports.
Why it matters: Mass shootings are a rare occurrence in the U.K., where tight gun laws ban most private gun ownership, per CNN.
- Thursday's incident is the deadliest shooting since 2010, when a shooting spree in Cumbria, northern England, killed 12 people.
Driving the news: A 22-year-old suspect was found dead at the scene in Plymouth, per CNN.
- The gunman allegedly stopped at multiple locations, where he shot two women and two men, all of whom were found dead at the scene. Another woman died a short time after in the hospital.
- At around 6:10pm local time, officers and ambulance staff were called to respond to a "serious firearms incident."
- "This was a truly shocking event, and was witnessed by members of the public," Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said.
- "Just so unspeakably awful. My condolences and thoughts are with the families," Luke Pollard, the member of parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, wrote in a tweet.