Officers and paramedics were called in to respond to a “serious firearms incident” at Biddick Drive in the Keyham district of Plymouth at around 6:10 p.m. local time on Thursday.
Police named 22-year-old shooter Jake Davison on Friday. At a press conference, Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Shaun Sawyer described a shootout that spread to several locations in front of terrified residents of the seaside town.
The gunman’s mother was named as one of the victims, according to a police statement on Friday.
She was identified by police as “Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, 51, who was the offender’s mother.”
The youngest victim was Sophie Martyn, a 3-year-old girl who was killed alongside her 43-year-old father, Lee Martyn, according to police. Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66, have also been identified as victims.
All of the shooting victims lived locally in the Keyham area of Plymouth, according to the police statement. Police in the area continue to investigate 13 scenes inside the cordon, he said.
Davison first went to an address on Biddick Drive in Keyham, where he killed a woman he knew, Constable Sawyer said.
He then left the house and entered Biddick Drive, shooting and killing a young girl, as well as a male relative of the child.
“It was a truly shocking event, and members of the public witnessed it,” Sawyer said. Further down the road, he shot dead two local residents, who are hospitalized but do not have life-threatening injuries. Sawyer added that Davison then entered a local park, killed another man and shot a woman who later died in hospital, before turning the gun on him.
Sawyer said eyewitnesses described the weapon being used as a shotgun. Police have recovered the weapon and the analysis, but do not yet describe the type of weapon used.
People in Britain are allowed to apply for licenses to own a hunting rifle or sport rifle. The alleged shooter was a gun holder, Sawyer said.
The English police watchdog said he would investigate the Devon and Cornwall Police decision making regarding the shooter’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate.
“The investigation follows a mandatory force dismissal which contains preliminary information that Mr. Davison’s shotgun certificate and a shotgun were returned to him in early July of this year,” the bureau said. independent for the conduct of the police in a statement released Friday.
Local police previously took Davison’s certificate and shotgun in December 2020 following assault allegations in September 2020, according to the IOPC.
“We will examine what police actions were taken and when, the rationale for the police decision making, and whether the relevant law, policy and procedures were followed regarding the possession of a shotgun by Mr. . Davison, “said IOPC Regional Director David Ford. “The investigation will also examine whether the force had information regarding Mr. Davison’s mental health and, if so, whether that information was duly taken into account.”
The police have not yet established a motive. YouTube confirmed to CNN that it deleted an account associated with the alleged shooter. “He’s on social media, and that will be part of the investigation,” Sawyer said at the police press conference.
Davison said he was “conquered by life” and launched hateful rants against women on a YouTube channel that was deleted.
In the video clips seen by CNN, Davison makes numerous derogatory remarks about women, calling them “very low-spirited” and superficial, claiming that most women are motivated only by money.
In another video, which was reposted online by The Telegraph newspaper, Davison introduced himself as “the terminator” and said he had been “beaten and conquered by life”.
“I’m so downcast and overcome by life… that motivation I once had is gone. I’m trying… but now I’m at the point where it’s, why do I even bother,” he said on Youtube.
“The premise of the Terminator movies is that everything is rigged against you,” he said in a video.
CNN has not confirmed when Davison filmed the clips. Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, confirmed to CNN that the man in the videos posted to YouTube was Davison. The video clips match Davison’s footage from his Facebook page, which has also been deleted.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his “hearts go out to the friends and family of those who have lost their lives and to all those affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night”.
Pollard previously tweeted that more people were being treated in hospital for injuries and that at least one of those killed was a child.
“It is so horrible. My condolences and my thoughts are with the families,” Pollard added on Twitter. “I am completely devastated that one of the people killed in the #keyham shooting was a child under the age of ten.”
Lawmaker Johnny Mercer added the incident was “grave and tragic” and called Thursday a “truly devastating day.”
Police called on the public not to “speculate or share images of the scene on social media or elsewhere.”
Hannah Ritchie of CNN in London contributed reporting.