Plymouth gunman had 'blank expression' killing child & strangers in cold blood


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MEMBERS of the public left floral tributes at the Plymouth shooting scene as the city continues to mourns the deaths of five people.

Officers are continuing to investigate areas within a large police cordon in Keyham after the shooting spree by gunman Jake Davison, 22, on Thursday.

Areas around Biddick Drive, where he shot dead his 51-year-old mother Maxine Davison, Sophie Martyn, aged three, and her 43-year-old father Lee Martyn, remained taped off at lunchtime yesterday.

A nearby park where Davison killed Stephen Washington, 59, is also behind a police cordon, as is Henderson Place, where the gunman shot Kate Shepherd, 66, who later died in hospital.

It comes after Davison's YouTube page has revealed the mass-murderer as a rambling gun nut who follows the "Incel" movement.

He likes Incel TV - an online support group for "involuntary celibates" that is linked to male supremacy and misogyny. Incels believe they have no possibility of finding a partner to get love, validation or acceptance from.

Read our Plymouth shooting live blog for the latest updates...

  • MAN’S HUSKIES REPORTEDLY RAN TO RAISE THE ALARM AFTER HE WAS SHOT BY DAVISON

    It’s understood that after he was shot his huskies – called Storm and Drift – are said to have rushed to raise the alarm.

    Mike Moore, who lives nearby, told MailOnline: “Both the dogs ran back to Stephen’s home and that’s when the family became concerned.

    “Stephen was well known around here because he was always out with his beautiful dogs.

    “He wasn’t friends with Jake and there’s nothing connecting them so we think it was completely random.”

    Another resident told The Sun: “Stephen had two huskies — Storm and Drift. He was walking them at the time.

    “Storm ran home on its lead and Drift went missing for a while. It’s so sad.”

  • CCTV APPEARS TO SHOW PLYMOUTH SHOOTER JAKE DAVISON WIELDING SHOTGUN SECONDS BEFORE KILLING FIFTH RAMPAGE VICTIM

    Footage seems to show the twisted gunman holding a large gun in the middle of his grim rampage in Plymouth.

    The figure, believed to be Jake Davison, calmly crosses the road as a car passes and holds the 3ft long shotgun by his side.

    The CCTV, from ITV News, appears to show the coldblooded killer after he had already killed four of his victims.

    He then walks in the direction of a hair salon, which is where he shot his fifth victim Kate Shepherd, 66, before turning the gun on himself.

    Davison, 22, shot his own mum before randomly killing four other people and then turned the gun on himself in a grim gun rampage in Plymouth.

  • PRIEST URGES AGAINST ‘CYCLE OF ANGER’ AT PRAYERS FOR PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIMS

    Prayers have been said for the five victims of the Plymouth shooting as the community comes together in mourning.

    A church in Keyham close to the scene used a Sunday service to remember those killed on Thursday, while a special prayer has been written by the Bishop of Exeter.

    It came as questions continue to mount over how gunman Jake Davison, 22, obtained a firearms licence and carried out his spree before turning the gun on himself.

    Father David Way, parish priest at St Thomas’ Church in Keyham, told the PA news agency after the service: “Those people who have died, we have to keep those in our prayers, but also the loved ones which have been left behind.

    “I’m hoping we can break any cycle of anger, as it were, and bring a cycle of love for everybody involved.”

    During the service, he asked the congregation to pray for the five victims, Maxine Davison, Lee Martyn, Sophie Martyn, Kate Shepherd and Stephen Washington, adding: “We pray also for peace for Jake.”

  • LAYING HER LIFE ON THE LINE

    A mum who was blasted by the Plymouth shooter risked her life to run out in the street to place a blanket over the bodies of a murdered father and his daughter.

    Michelle Parsonage was shot on her porch by Jake Davison as he went on a murderous rampage killing five people last week.

    Mrs Parsonage, 53, braved being shot at again to go and lay a blanket over Lee Martyn and his three-year-old daughter Sophie, a witness has revealed.

    She was later taken to hospital after sustaining wounds to her hand and arm after Davison had fired through the door of her home.

    Her 33-year-old son Ben was also injured but both are expected to make a full recovery.

  • INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE AS KEYHAM RESIDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO SHOOTING VICTIMS

    A large police cordon remains in place at the scene of a mass shooting in Plymouth which left five people dead, as local residents continue to pay their respects with floral tributes.

    More than 70 bouquets have been left outside a Lidl supermarket close to where the shootings happened in Keyham on Thursday.

    Green heart-shaped balloons bearing the names of the five victims – Maxine Davison, Lee Martyn, Sophie Martyn, Kate Shepherd and Stephen Washington – have been tied to a nearby railing.

    More floral tributes have been left by mourners in nearby North Down Crescent Park, where hundreds attended a candle-lit vigil in honour of the victims on Friday evening.

    One woman, who gave her name only as Terri, brought her two grandchildren as she paid her respects at the park on Saturday. She told reporters she had known Ms Davison “for years” and that she was “lovely”, adding: “I didn’t even realise it was her until yesterday when I saw her photo.”

  • TIMELINE AND MAP: SIX DEAD IN PLYMOUTH SHOOTING

    Plymouth gunman had 'blank expression' killing child & strangers in cold blood
  • ‘THE WORLD IS A DARKER PLACE WITHOUT YOU’: TRIBUTES TO PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIMS

    A father gunned down alongside his three-year-old daughter in the Plymouth mass shooting “would do anything for anybody”, according to a tribute from his cousin.

    Lee Martyn, 43, and his daughter Sophie were killed when gunman Jake Davison opened fire in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday evening. Jess Morcom, Mr Martyn’s cousin and a journalist at PlymouthLive, paid tribute to the pair and spoke of the loss felt by her family.

    In a post on Twitter, she said that Mr Martyn “had the kindest heart, would do anything for anybody” and that “you only had to take one look at him to see how much he loved and adored his family”. I was always so proud to be able to say you were my cousin,” she added. “The world is going to be a much darker place without you in it.”

    In a tribute to Sophie, Ms Morcom said her family had been “truly blessed” to have “seen you grow into such a beautiful, funny and clever girl” over the three years of her life.

    “My heart hurts so much thinking about how it should have been so many more. I will miss your cheekiness and your dancing the most,” she added.

  • MR WASHINGTON’S FAMILY PAY TRIBUTE TO ‘DEVOTED, FAMILY MAN’

    In a statement released by Devon and Cornwall Police, Mr Washington’s family said: “Following on from the recent attack on our community on Thursday August 12, we, the Washington family, would like to issue the following tribute to Stephen.

    “Stephen was a friendly, outgoing person.

    “He would help anyone at the drop of a hat, he loved his animals and was often seen walking his two huskies in the area.

    “Stephen was a devoted family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and best friend.

    “Since the devastating events a couple of days ago, our world has been turned upside down in the blink of an eye and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Our hearts and thoughts are with the families also affected by this tragic incident.”

  • TRIBUTE PAID TO PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIM STEPHEN WASHINGTON

    The family of Plymouth shooting victim Stephen Washington has said their world “has been turned upside down in the blink of an eye” as they paid tribute to him.

    The 59-year-old, one of five people shot dead by Jake Davison on Thursday night, was a “devoted” family man and a “loving husband, father, grandfather and best friend”, they said in a statement.

    Mr Washington was the fourth victim during Davison’s shooting spree, gunned down in front of horrified onlookers in a park in the Keyham area of the city.

  • POLICE FORCES ASKED TO REVIEW GUN APPLICATION PROCESSES IN WAKE OF KEYHAM DEATHS

    Police forces in England and Wales are being asked to review their current firearm application processes in the wake of the Plymouth mass shooting, the Government has announced.

    Questions are continuing to mount over how Keyham gunman Jake Davison, 22, obtained a firearms licence and carried out his spree, killing five people before turning the gun on himself.

    The Government said on Sunday evening that it was preparing statutory guidance to help ensure higher standards of decision-making for police firearms licensing applications.

    This will cover social media checks of those applying for permission to own a firearm or shotgun, according to the Home Office.

    All police forces in England and Wales are now being asked to assess whether they need to revisit any existing licences.

  • CCTV APPEARS TO SHOW PLYMOUTH SHOOTER JAKE DAVISON WIELDING SHOTGUN SECONDS BEFORE KILLING FIFTH RAMPAGE VICTIM

    Footage seems to show the twisted gunman holding a large gun in the middle of his grim rampage in Plymouth.

    The figure, believed to be Jake Davison, calmly crosses the road as a car passes and holds the 3ft long shotgun by his side.

    The CCTV, from ITV News, appears to show the coldblooded killer after he had already killed four of his victims.

    He then walks in the direction of a hair salon, which is where he shot his fifth victim Kate Shepherd, 66, before turning the gun on himself.

    Davison, 22, shot his own mum before randomly killing four other people and then turned the gun on himself in a grim gun rampage in Plymouth.

  • PLYMOUTH LEFT IN STATE OF SHOCK AFTER MASS SHOOTING, COUNCIL CHIEF SAYS

    The community in Plymouth is in a state of shock and reluctant to leave their homes following a mass shooting which left five people dead, the city council’s leader has said.

    Nick Kelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said people “wanted a hug and assurances things will get better” after gunman Jake Davison killed five people before turning the weapon on himself.

    It came after hundreds of people attended a candle-lit vigil close to where the incident took place on Friday night in an outpouring of grief for the victims.

    Davison, 22, shot dead his mother on Thursday in the Keyham area of the city before going on to kill four more people, including a three-year-old girl, and injure two others.

    Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into Davison’s possession of a shotgun and a firearms licence, which were returned to him after being removed at the end of last year.

  • FORMER MET POLICE CHIEF SAYS OFFICERS SHOULD MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA OF PEOPLE APPLYING FOR GUN LICENCES

    A former Metropolitan Police chief said officers should trawl through social media accounts of people applying for firearms licences to ensure that “guns do not fall into the hands of dangerous people” after the deadly Keyham shooting.

    Former commissioner Lord Stevens told The Sunday Telegraph that Davison was “clearly a dangerous man”, adding: “The videos he made should have been taken into account when he applied for a shotgun licence.

    “There needs to be a trawling of online content for an in-depth assessment of who these people are and what they think.

  • LUKE POLLARD: WE MUST ENSURE THERE’S NO MORE PAIN

    Local MP Luke Pollard added that he did not want to see what happened in Plymouth happening to any other community.

    Mr Pollard told BBC Breakfast: “If that is to be our clear objective, to ensure there’s no more pain, no more loss like we’re suffering, then the stuff that’s implemented has to be the right things.

    “So we do need that national discussion about it, we need the politicians to look carefully at the processes we’ve got, but we need the right lessons to be learned from this hideous tragedy that we’ve had in Plymouth.”

  • PLYMOUTH MP CALLS FOR ‘THOROUGH INVESTIGATION’ INTO KEYHAM SHOOTING

    Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has called for a “thorough investigation” into the Keyham mass shooting.

    He told BBC Breakfast yesterday: “I think people’s emotions have changed from shock and disbelief into now feeling that profound loss of the five people who were killed.

    “But also a sense of anger. Wanting to know the questions as to how was this allowed to happen, why did this happen, and were there opportunities to stop this happening that were not taken?

    “We need to get to the answers of those and that will take some time, and police need to be able to have the space to do it. But we need to make sure the community gets those proper answers because they deserve them.

    “That means they need to be thorough, detailed and accurate, and not speculative, and that will take some time sadly.”

  • MAN’S HUSKIES REPORTEDLY RAN TO RAISE THE ALARM AFTER HE WAS SHOT BY DAVISON

    It’s understood that after he was shot his huskies – called Storm and Drift – are said to have rushed to raise the alarm.

    Mike Moore, who lives nearby, told MailOnline: “Both the dogs ran back to Stephen’s home and that’s when the family became concerned.

    “Stephen was well known around here because he was always out with his beautiful dogs.

    “He wasn’t friends with Jake and there’s nothing connecting them so we think it was completely random.”

    Another resident told The Sun: “Stephen had two huskies — Storm and Drift. He was walking them at the time.

    “Storm ran home on its lead and Drift went missing for a while. It’s so sad.”

  • HE ‘SHOT VICTIMS AT CLOSE-RANGE’

    Shocked witnesses said Jake Davison, 22, left his family home before shooting dead five people, including a young girl in Plymouth last night.

    The crane operator shot himself dead yesterday after gunning down a his mum Maxine, 51.

    Davison also killed three-year-old Sophie Martyn, and her father Lee, 43, mum Kate Shepherd, 66, second woman and Stephen Washington, 59, – believed to have been walking his dogs – during the horror.

    One neighbour said they saw Davison shoot the toddler and her parent at close range, and hovered over their bodies after killing them, shortly after 6pm.

  • INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE AS KEYHAM RESIDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO SHOOTING VICTIMS

    A large police cordon remains in place at the scene of a mass shooting in Plymouth which left five people dead, as local residents continue to pay their respects with floral tributes.

    More than 70 bouquets have been left outside a Lidl supermarket close to where the shootings happened in Keyham on Thursday.

    Green heart-shaped balloons bearing the names of the five victims – Maxine Davison, Lee Martyn, Sophie Martyn, Kate Shepherd and Stephen Washington – have been tied to a nearby railing.

    More floral tributes have been left by mourners in nearby North Down Crescent Park, where hundreds attended a candle-lit vigil in honour of the victims on Friday evening.

    One woman, who gave her name only as Terri, brought her two grandchildren as she paid her respects at the park on Saturday. She told reporters she had known Ms Davison “for years” and that she was “lovely”, adding: “I didn’t even realise it was her until yesterday when I saw her photo.”

  • WITNESS RECALLS SEEING HERO DAD AND DAUGHTER BEING SHOT

    Witness John Partridge, 70, who lives on Biddick Drive — the cul-de-sac in which the rampage began — told The Sun: “I heard two shots, like loud fireworks, they went ‘bang, bang’.

    “I went to my kitchen window and saw a little girl and a man running into the road.

    “He shot at them from about 12ft away. The man was trying to protect the child and had an arm over her. I was frozen to the spot, it was terrifying.”

    Mr Partridge said he called police before Davison glared at him through the window.

    He added: “I just ducked and he moved on down the street. After he had walked on, my wife wanted to help the girl and the man but I pulled her back out of the door. I was worried she would be shot too.”

  • CCTV APPEARS TO SHOW PLYMOUTH SHOOTER JAKE DAVISON WIELDING SHOTGUN SECONDS BEFORE KILLING FIFTH RAMPAGE VICTIM

    Footage seems to show the twisted gunman holding a large gun in the middle of his grim rampage in Plymouth.

    The figure, believed to be Jake Davison, calmly crosses the road as a car passes and holds the 3ft long shotgun by his side.

    The CCTV, from ITV News, appears to show the coldblooded killer after he had already killed four of his victims.

    He then walks in the direction of a hair salon, which is where he shot his fifth victim Kate Shepherd, 66, before turning the gun on himself.

    Davison, 22, shot his own mum before randomly killing four other people and then turned the gun on himself in a grim gun rampage in Plymouth.

  • LABOUR SAYS POLICE HAVE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER OVER PLYMOUTH MASS SHOOTINGS, LABOUR SAYS

    Labour says police have questions to answer over how a gunman obtained a firearms licence and went on a rampage as more tributes poured in for the victims of the killing spree.

    Sir Keir Starmer also said there may need to be a review of gun laws in the wake of Jake Davison shooting dead five people in Plymouth before turning the weapon on himself.

    The Labour leader welcomed the launch of the investigation into how Davison had his gun licence returned after it was previously removed, but said the case raised wider issues.

    “I think there are wider questions.

    “How on earth did he get a gun licence in the first place? What back-up checks were done?” he added.

  • TIMELINE AND MAP: SIX DEAD IN PLYMOUTH SHOOTING

    Plymouth gunman had 'blank expression' killing child & strangers in cold blood
  • 'THE WORLD IS A DARKER PLACE WITHOUT YOU': TRIBUTES TO PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIMS

    A father gunned down alongside his three-year-old daughter in the Plymouth mass shooting "would do anything for anybody", according to a tribute from his cousin.

    Lee Martyn, 43, and his daughter Sophie were killed when gunman Jake Davison opened fire in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday evening.

    Jess Morcom, Mr Martyn's cousin and a journalist at PlymouthLive, paid tribute to the pair and spoke of the loss felt by her family.

    In a post on Twitter, she said that Mr Martyn "had the kindest heart, would do anything for anybody" and that "you only had to take one look at him to see how much he loved and adored his family". I was always so proud to be able to say you were my cousin," she added. "The world is going to be a much darker place without you in it."

    In a tribute to Sophie, Ms Morcom said her family had been "truly blessed" to have "seen you grow into such a beautiful, funny and clever girl" over the three years of her life.

    "My heart hurts so much thinking about how it should have been so many more. I will miss your cheekiness and your dancing the most," she added.

  • PRIEST URGES AGAINST 'CYCLE OF ANGER' AT PRAYERS FOR PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIMS

    Prayers have been said for the five victims of the Plymouth shooting as the community comes together in mourning.

    A church in Keyham close to the scene used a Sunday service to remember those killed on Thursday, while a special prayer has been written by the Bishop of Exeter.

    It came as questions continue to mount over how gunman Jake Davison, 22, obtained a firearms licence and carried out his spree before turning the gun on himself.

    Father David Way, parish priest at St Thomas' Church in Keyham, told the PA news agency after the service: "Those people who have died, we have to keep those in our prayers, but also the loved ones which have been left behind.

    "I'm hoping we can break any cycle of anger, as it were, and bring a cycle of love for everybody involved."

    During the service, he asked the congregation to pray for the five victims, Maxine Davison, Lee Martyn, Sophie Martyn, Kate Shepherd and Stephen Washington, adding: "We pray also for peace for Jake."

  • MR WASHINGTON'S FAMILY PAY TRIBUTE TO 'DEVOTED, FAMILY MAN'

    In a statement released by Devon and Cornwall Police, Mr Washington's family said: "Following on from the recent attack on our community on Thursday August 12, we, the Washington family, would like to issue the following tribute to Stephen.

    "Stephen was a friendly, outgoing person.

    "He would help anyone at the drop of a hat, he loved his animals and was often seen walking his two huskies in the area.

    "Stephen was a devoted family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and best friend.

    "Since the devastating events a couple of days ago, our world has been turned upside down in the blink of an eye and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Our hearts and thoughts are with the families also affected by this tragic incident."