UK shootings – level 3

19-08-2021 07:00

Six people, including a child, were killed in a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England. The rare incident happened on Thursday, and it was described by officials as shocking.

UK has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world, and Thursday’s incident was the country’s first mass shooting in over a decade. Police said that the serious incident wasn’t related to terrorism, and the suspect died in the shooting.

According to a witness, the gunman kicked in the front door of a home before shooting a mother and her daughter. After the attack, the suspect shot and injured two more people on the same street, and then, he escaped through a park behind the house where he shot two dog walkers before he turned the gun on himself.

Hundreds of people attended a vigil in Plymouth on Friday close to where the victims were killed.

Difficult words: rare (not occurring very often), homicide (a murder), vigil (a quiet gathering).

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