Bishops call for prayer after Keyham killings

Plymouth’s Bishop Mark O’Toole has called for prayer following the fatal shootings in the Keyham area of the city last night.

The gunman, named by police as Jake Davison, killed five people – including a three-year-old girl – before turning the gun on himself.

Bishop Mark said: “It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that we heard the news of the terrible shootings in our beloved city.

“I offer my support and my prayers for all those who have died, and for their loved ones.

“And I know I will be joined in that prayer and support by all the Catholic community.”

The bishop stressed that churches in the city are open and are “places of oasis, safe spaces in which people can come to pray and reflect.”

And he called for prayer in churches throughout the diocese.

He said: “Let us pray for all those affected by these terrible events and for all the people of Plymouth.”

The Anglican bishop of Plymouth, Nick McKinnel, also stressed that St Thomas’s, Keyham, and St Mark’s, Ford, would be open for prayer and for “someone to talk to”.

Bishop McKinnel said: Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been injured or bereaved by this terrible shooting in Plymouth.

“It is horrific to think of it happening in our own city.

“We stand with the community of Keyham.

“We are working alongside other local organisations and will continue to offer whatever pastoral and practical support we can.

“We think of Jesus weeping over the city of Jerusalem and the way in which God himself feels our pain and takes it on himself.

“We weep with those who weep.”

• Bishop O'Toole's full statement us available on YouTube.

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