Gloucester teen who idolised Columbine killers jailed over mass shooting plot

David Harding
Teenager Kyle Davies (SWNS)

A Gloucester teenager who planned a mass shooting has been jailed for 16 years.

Kyle Davies tried to buy a handgun and ammunition for £1,000 from a dealer on the dark web, and planned a “shooting event” according to police.

Davies was sentenced after being found guilty of attempting to possess a Glock 17 pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life, during a trial in July.

Officers said the 19-year-old “idolised” mass shooters and wanted to “follow in their footsteps”.

Handwritten notes found by police (PA)

Sentencing, Judge Paul Cook at Taunton Crown Court said Davies "had the intention to endanger life in a shooting event".

He was also convicted of attempting to evade the prohibition on importation of a prohibited weapon, and possession of indecent images.

During the trial at Gloucester Crown Court, the jury heard that people who had carried out mass shootings around the world, such as those responsible for the Columbine massacre and Anders Breivik in Norway were "poster boys" to Davies.

Davies being led from court (PA)

A package containing the weapon and ammunition Davies had ordered was intercepted in the USA and officers in the UK were tipped off.

The parcel was substituted for a dummy one that was delivered by an undercover officer to his home, where he was arrested.

A search of Davies' home revealed computer files and notes about mass killers.

Some of the ammunition Kyle Davies attempted to purchase (SWNS)

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He had denied the charges, saying he had bought the weapon to kill himself.

However, the court also heard that he had written out a list of other items he wanted to buy including petrol, a gas mask and body armour.

Davies drew 77 stickmen to represent the number of people gunned down by Anders Breivik in Norway (PA)

Davies, who aged 18 at the time of the offences, had also drawn 77 stickmen to represent the victims of the 2011 explosion and shootings in Norway.

Speaking outside court, Rachel Scott of the CPS, said: “It quickly became apparent that he was a very dangerous individual who not only idolised mass shooters but had begun his own preparations to follow in their footsteps.

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