Plymouth shooting: Girl, 3, among five victims killed by Jake Davison

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A three-year-old girl was among the five victims shot dead by Jake Davison in Plymouth on Thursday night, police have said.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said the 22-year-old first killed a woman, 51, at an address in the Keyham area of the city.

The pair are believed to have known each other, and police have a view there was a familial relationship.

Ch Cons Sawyer continued: “Mr Davison then left that address [and] entered Biddick Drive where he immediately shot then killed a very young girl.

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Suspected Plymouth gunman Jake Davison is his YouTube vlog posted on 28 July. The channel has now been suspended. (YouTube)
Plymouth gunman Jake Davison is his YouTube vlog posted on 28 July. The channel has now been suspended. (YouTube)

"He also shot and killed the male relative of that girl.

“This was a truly shocking event and was witnessed by members of the public." The three-year-old girl's relative was 43.

Ch Cons Sawyer said he then shot at a 33-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, who are known to each other. They received "significant" but – at present – non-life-threatening injuries and are being treated in hospital.

Davison then entered nearby parkland, Ch Cons Sawyer said, "where he immediately shot a man who died at the scene. Thereafter he moved to Henderson Place where he shot a woman.”

The man was 59. The woman, aged 66, died at Derriford Hospital later.

Forensic officers in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth where six people, including the offender, died of gunshot wounds on Thursday evening. (PA)
Forensic officers in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth where six people, including the offender, died of gunshot wounds on Thursday evening. (PA)

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He was then said to have "turned the gun upon himself, taking his own life" before officers were able to engage with him.

Ch Cons Sawyer said he did not yet know of any formal relationship between Davison and the other victims.

The force has said the shooting was not terror-related. It was the first mass shooting in Britain since June 2010, when taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 people and injured 11 others in Cumbria.

Ch Cons Sawyer said a firearm was recovered from the scene, and that "multiple shots" had been fired during a six-minute period.

There are currently 13 crime scenes and "potentially more," he added.

He confirmed Davison was a firearms licence holder and said there was “no motive” at present.

It emerged on Friday morning that Davison said he considered himself “a Terminator” in a self-pitying YouTube video posted two weeks before Thursday’s night massacre.

In his last vlog post on 28 July, he complained about his physical appearance, said all the things he had wanted to do in life had “amounted to nothing” and that he had been “beaten down by life”.

Suspected Plymouth gunman Jake Davison is his YouTube vlog posted on 28 July. The channel has now been suspended. (YouTube)
Suspected Plymouth gunman Jake Davison is his YouTube vlog posted on 28 July. The channel has now been suspended. (YouTube)

YouTube has since suspended the channel, which subscribed to gun-related accounts and another named Incel TV, which features content related to “involuntary celibacy”.

Although saying he did not “clarify” himself as an “incel” – the abbreviation used online for “involuntarily celibate”, for those unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one – he talked about “people similar to me have had nothing but themselves”.

This online subculture involves men who express hostility towards others, particularly women, who are sexually active.

Forensic officers in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth where six people, including the offender, died of gunshot wounds in a firearms incident Thursday evening. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.
Forensic officers in Biddick Drive, Keyham, Plymouth on Friday. (PA)

Ch Cons Sawyer said police would look at Davison’s social media output as part of the investigation.

“This is an extraordinarily unusual response by a fellow human being," he said. "Whether there were mental health issues I cannot say at this time.”

He also urged people in Plymouth not to contact the police unless it was “truly an emergency,” adding: “We are now very, very busy.”

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