'I'm a Terminator': Plymouth gunman Jake Davison posted self-pitying diatribe two weeks before shooting

·Freelance news writer, Yahoo UK
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The Plymouth gunman said he considered himself “a Terminator” in a YouTube video posted two weeks before Thursday’s night massacre.

Jake Davison, who has been named as the man who shot dead five people, posted a handful of vlogs under the name of “Professor Waffle”.

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”.

His channel was subscribed to gun-related accounts and another named Incel TV, which features content related to “involuntary celibacy”.

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)

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.

Davison, 22, who died at the scene after shooting himself, killed five people in the Keyham area of Plymouth, including a three-year-old girl.

The other victims were aged between 43 and 66.

A 53-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man are being treated in hospital after being shot at by Davison.

Devon and Cornwall Police believe the first female victim and Davison were “known” to each other, and said there was a view that there was a familial relationship.

The force, which said the shooting was not terror-related, said it did not know at this time if Davison had any mental health issues, and that there was "no motive" at present.

Davison's YouTube account, which was suspended just before 10.30am on Friday, was set up in 2016. His first video – a short clip of him bench pressing – was posted on 25 June this year.

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)

As well as workout videos, he also posted four vlogs. In his most recent one, Davison started with a self-pitying diatribe about his personal appearance and apparent failures of his workout routines.

“I just don’t have any willpower to do anything any more,” he complained to the camera.

“I know a lot of people say that’s weak-minded, that’s pathetic. But dude, it’s like, how many years have I been working out? How many years have I been wanting and dealing with all these frustrations?

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)

“I was doing a session just now and I was thinking: ‘What am I doing this for? What the f***? How long have I been doing this for?’”

He went on: “Does it change my life? No. Do I feel any better any more? No. Do I get any enjoyment from working out any more? No. Do I get any good feeling after, that natural high, any more? No. Do I look any better? I mean…”

Davison then lifted his t-shirt to show his stomach. “If that looks better to you…

“When I was 16, 17, 18, I had that passion. And I should have used that passion to get lean but no, like an idiot, I was thinking ‘let’s lift heavy’. I should have thought ‘right, let’s get lean, let’s get ripped first’. But no I didn’t.

“And now I’m so beaten down and defeated by f***ing life, that drive that I once had, that’s gone now. It’s literally gone. I don’t have that power, that willpower anymore. I can’t sit there and force myself to be like: ‘Right, let’s do this’.

“Call me a b****, call me weak, whatever. I can’t do it anymore.”

Davison then recalled when he worked out two hours a day, saying he was “going to change my life” to “finally be able to do all the things I wanted to do in life… and it amounted to nothing”.

He concluded the video by saying: “When you get beaten down by life… I hope I can regain it back, I really do. I remember when I had that drive, I had that passion, I hope I can get it back. But I’m not sure if I can.

PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 13: A police car sits at the the scene on Biddick Drive following a shooting in Keyham yesterday evening on August 13, 2021 in Plymouth, England. Police were called to a serious firearms incident in the Keyham area of Plymouth on Thursday evening where lone gunman, named by police as Jake Davison, 23, shot and killed five people before turning the gun on himself. (Photo by William Dax/Getty Images)
The scene in Biddick Drive, Keyham, Plymouth, on Friday morning. (Getty Images)

“I’m always going to keep trying, as long as you’re breathing air… it’s like in the Terminator, right? The whole premise of the Terminator movie is that everything’s rigged against you, there’s no hope for humanity. We’re on the brink of extinction, these machines are unstoppable killing machines that can’t be beaten, can’t be outsmarted.

“But yeah, humanity still tries to fight ’til the end. I know it’s a movie but I like to think I’m a Terminator or something, despite reaching almost total system failure you keep trying to accomplish this mission. But anyway, see you guys later.”

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.

Five people, including Davison, died at the scene, police said. A sixth female was treated for gunshot wounds but died later in hospital.

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