Plymouth killer Jake Davison was handed shotgun back last month

Police gave shotgun BACK to Plymouth gunman just a month before rampage after officers confiscated it and revoked his licence last year over an assault allegation

  • Jake Davison, 22, had his pump-action shotgun confiscated in 2020 over an allegation of assault 
  • But after attending an anger management course, the bodybuilder was given back the firearm just last month
  • Yesterday he shot and killed mother, 50, at a property in the Keyham area of Plymouth, Devon, last night 
  • He then went outside and shot dead Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, with a pump-action shotgun
  • Davison then killed Stephen Washington, 59, in nearby parkland, before shooting dead Kate Shepherd, 66, before turning the gun on himself
  • Devon and Cornwall Police will be investigated by the IOPC over their previous contact with Davison 
  • Do you know Davison? Did you witness the incident in Plymouth? Email [email protected] 

What we know so far about the mass shooting in Plymouth 

Five people and the gunman died after a shooting in Plymouth yesterday evening. Here is what we know:

  • The atrocity was carried out by a man named by Devon and Cornwall Police as Jake Davison, 22.
  • A three-year-old girl was among his victims during the six-minute incident in Keyham, Plymouth.
  • His first victim was a 51-year-old woman, identified as his mother Maxine.
  • He then left the unnamed address and shot the girl and her 43-year-old male relative in Biddick Drive.
  • Two further victims were a man, 59, shot in parkland nearby, and a woman, 66, killed at Henderson Place.
  • He then turned the gun on himself, before police could intervene. None of his victims have been identified by police.
  • In between, Davison shot at a man, 33, and a woman, 53, who survived. They remain in hospital being treated for injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.
  • Parts of the incident happened in front of other members of the public who are said to have been “shocked at what was unfolding before them”.
  • A weapon has been recovered, described by witnesses as a “pump action shotgun”.
  • Davison had a firearms licence, and police do not believe he was linked to any terrorist or far-right organisation.
  • The crime scene currently stretches to 13 separate sites.
  • Police are examining the hard drive and social media activity of Davison, who posted on a YouTube channel under the name Professor Waffle and previously said he did not have “any willpower to do anything anymore” in a recording dated July 28.

Police are tonight facing mounting questions about why the killer behind Britain’s worst mass shooting for more than a decade was free to own a weapon – as it was revealed his licence was returned just a month ago.

Gunman Jake Davison, 22, murdered his mother Maxine, 51, in her Plymouth home with a pump-action shotgun before going out into the street and killer a further four innocent people.

The bodybuilder, who had posted rambling videos about being ‘beaten down’ on social media, said nothing during the 12-minute rampage through a quiet residential street before turning the gun on himself. 

Tonight the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said they would investigate Devon and Cornwall Police over Davison’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate.

The legally held weapon had been taken from him in December 2020 following an allegation of assault last September. It was returned to him in July. 

Confirming a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police this morning, IOPC regional director David Ford said announced an investigation into the shooting and ‘police contact with Jake Davison prior to the incident’. 

This includes the force’s role and actions regarding firearms licensing, he said.

Mr Ford said: ‘After assessment of the referral we have determined we will carry out an independent investigation focusing on Jake Davison’s firearms licensing history and its impact on the tragic events of Thursday August 12.

‘We will examine what police actions were taken and when, the rationale behind police decision-making, and whether relevant law, policy and procedures were followed concerning Mr Davison’s possession of a shotgun.

‘The investigation will also consider whether the force had any information concerning Mr Davison’s mental health and if so, if this information was appropriately considered.

‘It appears the force’s response to reports of the shootings was very prompt and having reviewed information currently available, we are not intending to investigate the Devon and Cornwall Police response to the shootings.

‘This will be kept under review as more information emerges. However, the investigation will explore whether there was any causal link between the arrival of police and Mr Davison apparently shooting himself.’

Mr Ford added: ‘It has not yet been established whether the shotgun returned to Mr Davison was used in yesterday’s shootings.’

According to The Telegraph, Davison had claimed that he had the shotgun for sports use and had the licence reinstated after he attended an anger management course. 

Davison, a self-described ‘f***ing fat ugly virgin’ and bodybuilder first murdered his mother Maxine, 51, after bursting into her home with a pump-action shotgun last night. 

The 22-year-old, dressed in black, then gunned down Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, who were walking up the road.

After murdering Sophie and Lee, Davison walked to an adjacent area of parkland and opened fire on dogwalker Stephen Washington, 59, before killing Kate Shepherd, 66, outside of Blush hair salon. 

Police are tonight facing mounting questions about why the killer behind Britain’s worst mass shooting for more than a decade was free to own a weapon – as it was revealed his licence was returned just a month ago. Pictured: Killer Jake Davison

Devon and Cornwall Police made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over Davison’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate. Pictured: Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

Mr Washington was out walking his two pet Huskies along a tree lined path close to the Davison family home when he was shot by the killer. 

Neighbours explained his two ‘beautiful dogs’ rushed back to the house and raised the alarm to his concerned family members.  

The scene of carnage only ended once Davison turned the gun on himself before armed police arrived.  

Today, it was claimed his mother Maxine – who had recently recovered from cancer – begged the NHS and police to give him urgent mental health treatment during lockdown – and it was also revealed he was still allowed to hold a valid gun licence. 

Witnesses describe him as having a ‘pump action shotgun’. The weapons are legal in the UK – but only as long as they have a fixed magazine capacity of no more than three cartridges and a valid Shotgun certificate.

The murders which took place at about 6pm yesterday came 22 days after he was bragging online about the UK ‘having more guns you think’ in a post about US-style mass shootings.

Davison also described his fascination with previous atrocities including the Hungerford massacre in 1987 – one of the worst UK gun attacks in history – where an unemployed former labourer shot dead 16 people with semi-automatic rifles and a handgun. 

In a chilling Reddit post written just over three weeks ago about the evolution of gun attacks over the past 80 years, Davison wrote: ‘There are lot more guns in Europe and the UK then people think’.

MailOnline today revealed the killer was a nihilistic YouTuber who fantasised about being The Terminator, ranted about being a ‘f***ing fat ugly virgin’ and described his affinity with the ‘incel’ movement linked to mass murder by misogynists in the US and Canada. 

Only today did YouTube and Facebook delete his hate-filled accounts.

And one friend of the family wrote on Facebook last night that his relatives, including his mother Maxine, had begged for mental health support for Davison, adding: ‘The NHS basically said they are short staffed and that was it. The family even asked the police to come out to see him as he was talking acting and acting strange – they didn’t do a welfare check. And now six people are dead’. 


Jake Davison’s mother Maxine (left) and other relatives are claimed to have begged the police and NHS to help him with mental health problems

On a Reddit thread, under the question ‘What do incels think of their mother’, Davison replied: ‘Can’t stand her’

Davison wrote this post about mass shootings and more guns being in the UK ‘than people think’ just 22 days before the Plymouth massacre

Davison shot multiple people and then himself last night in the worst shooting atrocity in Britain for 11 years

A body of one of Davison’s victims is taken away by private ambulance on Royal Navy Avenue in the Keyham area of Plymouth

There are major questions over whether the Plymouth gunman should have had a licence when in the midst of a mental health crisis.

He was seen holding a pump action shotgun but it is not yet clear how he would have acquired the weapon.

Professor of Criminology at Brighton University Peter Squires, who is also a member of the Gun Control Network, explained ammunition for these are restricted in the UK.

The guns are fed from a fixed tubular magazine with cartridges loaded in manually in a similar way to a regular shotgun.

But they can hold more at once than a standard shotgun, meaning the user can fire more bursts in quick succession like a semi-automatic weapon.

In Britain, where gun laws are reasonably strict, Prof Squires said there are restrictions to having just two cartridges in the magazine at one time.

He told MailOnline: ‘Pump action shotguns are not as long as regular ones. There has been an issue surrounding those.

‘They were prohibited to some extent after the Hungerford shootings and restricted to two rounds in the pump action magazine.

‘But subsequently there has been a sort of rock and roll shooting sport created which involved them. It’s been a bit controversial.

‘The law was always a bit of a loophole that a conventional pump action shotgun, which is basically a semi-automatic shotgun was restricted to two rounds.

‘But these new practical shooting shotguns seem to be permissible to have fairly large magazines because they use them in combat simulation sports.

‘It’s a bit like an assault course shooting. They dive behind vehicles, shoot through windows, and jump over walls to hit small targets on a timed basis.

‘It’s a rifle licence, so not just a shotgun licence, but the upgraded rifle licence. To have one you’re supposed to evidence it by being a member of a club and actually taking part in real competitions.

‘That’s your good reason and someone else has to say you’re a genuine sport shooter.

‘So someone has vetted him and said he’s okay and there will be a question about whether he did any competition because that’s really the only reason you’re allowed one.

‘This is gun licencing in the UK in a nutshell. We have very tough gun laws but when it comes to licence applications and renewals it’s the classic case of 43 police forces do it with 43 different shades of due diligence.

‘I think there’s a real issue about the time and resources that police put into firearms licencing because it costs them money to do it, which is the absurd thing.

‘The fact he may well have been showing signs of lunacy may not have come through. It opens up that whole question about whether GPs should certify if someone is sane at point of licence application or renewal.’

Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, were shot at random as Davison entered Biddick Drive and fatally killed the pair who were walking up the road. 

They were rushed to nearby Derriford hospital, where Lee’s wife works, but both passed away despite the medics’ best efforts. 

Tributes have flooded in for the pair who lost their lives during a six-minute scene of carnage, as it was revealed Sophie was adopted by Lee and his partner two years earlier.

One friend said: ‘You were such a kind selfless gentleman who put everyone else before yourself we have shared many memories together, I will never forget the things in life you have done for me.’

Another wrote: ‘I am totally distraught that a good friends brother & niece have been taken in such an horrific way, my heart is breaking for my friend & his family at this very very sad news.

‘Deepest & sincerest condolences to all the deceased & hope those injured make a speedy recovery.’

After murdering Sophie and Lee, Davison walked to an adjacent area of parkland and opened fire on Stephen Washington, 59, before killing Kate Shepherd outside of Blush hair salon.

Neighbours said Mr Washington was out walking his two pet Huskies along a tree lined path close to the Davison family home when he was shot by the killer.

Mike Moore, who lives near by said: ‘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.’

One victim who survived was named locally as Ben Parsonage, 33 who was shot along with his mother. She has not been named.

Ben’s brother Jordan posted on Facebook: ‘Just a little update on my mum and brother. Ben is now home and going to make a full recovery. My mum has to have an operation on her arm and is expected to make a full recovery.’

Chief constable Sawyer said his social media and claims his family went to the police and the NHS about his mental health would form part of their investigation.

Speaking at a press conference outside Crownhill police station in Plymouth, the senior police officer said the weapon used in the Plymouth shooting was described as a ‘pump action shotgun’ and confirmed a firearm had been recovered from the scene. 

Mr Sawyer said: ”We believe we have an incident that is domestically related, that has spilled into the street and seen several people in Plymouth losing their lives in an extraordinarily tragic circumstances.’

Mr Davison then left that address, entered Biddick Drive where he immediately shot then killed a very young girl, 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.

‘Further along Biddick Drive he aimed and shot at two local residents – a man and a woman – who received significant but we understand, at present, not life-threatening injuries.’

He said they were being treated in hospital.

‘From there, Mr Davison entered adjacent parkland where he immediately shot a man who died at the scene,’ Mr Sawyer said.

‘Thereafter he moved to Henderson Place where he shot a woman.’

The woman died in hospital later.

He added: ‘Eye witnesses told us Mr Davison then turned the gun upon himself, taking his own life.’

Jake Davison shot himself before firearms officers engaged him and police did not fire any shots, Mr Sawyer said. 

He added: ‘Multiple shots have been fired from a firearm during that six-minute-or-so period.

‘There are some 13 scenes and potentially more scenes. There are therefore five people of Plymouth who have lost their lives overnight – and Mr Davison himself – including a particularly young child.’

Mr Sawyer said the victims’ identities would be made public at a later time.

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

He said: ‘This is an extraordinarily unusual response by a fellow human being.

‘Whether there were mental health issues I cannot say at this time.’ He said most witnesses were ‘shocked at what was unfolding before them,’ but said there was no evidence to suggest Davison was saying anything as he carried out his atrocity. 

Police investigating the Plymouth shootings raided the gunmen’s father’s flat last night, MailOnline can reveal.

Armed officers forced their way into the home of Mark Davison, about a mile from where his son Jake killed five people before turning the gun on himself.

Mr Davison was not in at the time – according to a neighbour – but returned later in the evening and spoke to detectives.

He was being comforted by one of his other sons this afternoon and declined to comment about the tragedy.

A glass pane on the front door of his top floor flat near Plymouth’s dockyard was covered by a wooden panel and a window next to it had been smashed.

The neighbour said: ‘There were armed police here about 8pm last night.

‘There was no answer at the door and they used force to get in.

‘Jake’s father, Mark, lives there but he was out at the time. He came back later and spoke to the police.

Police watchdog brought in to probe Devon force’s contact with Plymouth shooter and why he kept his gun licence 

The police watchdog has already been brought in to probe the case – including what the Devon and Cornwall force knew about Jake Davison and why he kept his gun licence when he had mental health problems.

David Ford, regional director for the Independent Office for Police Conduct, said: ‘We can confirm that this morning we received a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police relating to yesterday’s tragic events in Plymouth in which six people lost their lives.

‘Our thoughts remain with all of the many people who will be severely affected.

‘The referral relates to yesterday’s events as well as police contact with Jake Davison prior to the incident, including the force’s role and actions regarding firearms licensing.

‘We are urgently assessing the matter to determine what further action may be required from us.’

‘We found later that his house had been raided because they feared he may have been involved somehow. But Mark wasn’t arrested and he’s still inside the flat so I don’t think he had anything whatsoever to do with it.

‘I saw Mark sweeping up broken glass from where the police had broken the window. He looked devastated and didn’t say very much. 

‘Apparently they’d been on to the police previously and told them that Jake shouldn’t have a gun and that it needed to be taken away from him.’

Another neighbour told how they had heard a series of loud bangs as officers entered the flat.

The woman added: ‘We thought it was gunshots at first and after what happened earlier in Plymouth we hid inside our flat and didn’t go out to see what was happening.’

Plymouth has two gun shops in the centre of the city, Pull The Trigger and Peter’s Fishing and Sports, which are both near the city’s market.

A member of staff at Peter’s Fishing and Sports recalled how Davison had been in last year.

He said: ‘I remember the gunman came in just before the first lockdown and was interested in an air rifle we had up on the wall.

‘He didn’t buy it in the end but spent a few minutes examining it. He didn’t have the bushy beard back then and seemed fairly normal, nothing that would trigger any kind of alarm.

‘Apparently he was seen walking through the market on Monday. I’ve seen him around a few times.

‘But how he managed to get a license to own a shotgun is a mystery because in order to have a license you have every part of your background scrutinised down to the most minute details. Or at least you’re supposed to.’

At 6pm last night the apprentice crane operator was seen shooting indiscriminately before kicking down the door of a house in Biddick Drive, where he lives, and opening fire with a long-barreled gun on the people inside, believed to be members of his family. 

His mother, who recently beat cancer, a sister and brother all live in the city.

Davison then exited the property and is understood to have walked along the cul-de-sac shooting at strangers, exiting the road on to Royal Naval Avenue and Henderson Place where another person was gunned down. 

The killer then went into a park where he allegedly ran into the two dog walkers and opened fire in a horrifying incident detectives insist was not terrorism related. 

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, (right), and The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez (centre) visit the scene on August 13

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer speaks to the press following a shooting in Keyham yesterday evening

His rampage left the young girl, two women, and two men dead. More were injured.

The mass shooting  – the first in Britain involving an ‘active gunman’ for 11 years since taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 people in Cumbria – will spark an inquiry into how Davison was able to get the weapon in a country with strict gun controls.   

Home Secretary Priti Patel was briefed throughout the evening as was Boris Johnson, who today tweeted; My thoughts are with the friends and family of those who lost their lives and with all those affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night. I thank the emergency services for their response’.

Local MP Luke Pollard called the incident ‘utterly devastating’ and ‘probably the darkest day in Plymouth’s history since the end of the Second World War’, when Nazi Luftwaffe carpet bombed the city and its world-famous docks. 

There will also be questions for the police about whether he was known to them before the attack. Devon and Cornwall Police are yet to comment on any contact they may have had with him or how he got the gun.

Today MailOnline can reveal he was an active YouTuber calling himself ‘Professor Waffle’, who posted videos of himself working out and most recently ten-minute rants about life being ‘rigged against you’, humanity being on the ‘brink of extinction’ and being repulsive to the opposite sex.

He also shared clips from ultra-violent video games and just two days ago ‘liked’ videos of a M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle being shot.

In his most recent online rant from his bedroom he said: ‘You wake up and you stare at the wall and you’re thinking um nothing’s changed but I’m still in the same position, same period in life, still a f***ing this, that virgin f***ing fat ugly, what’. He added: ‘I like to think sometimes, you know, I’m a Terminator or something. And despite, despite, um, you know reaching almost total system failure he keeps trying to accomplish his mission’.  

A fortnight ago, the 23-year-old also spoke of his affinity with the ‘incel’ movement, which has been linked to a number of mass shootings in the US. The most notorious was by misogynist killer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in California in May 2014 before he turned the gun on himself. In Canada in 2018 Alek Minassian posted a Facebook message showing his support for Incels before ploughing a van into crowds, killing ten.

‘Incel’ stands for ‘involuntary celibate’ and those referring to themselves as such believe their unattractiveness to women is predetermined by his genetics. Some extremist followers believe they are owed sex by women. Davison says repeatedly in his videos that he is repulsive to women, overweight and so is all his family.

He also talks about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form lasting relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’.  Davison also ‘liked’ a series of videos about guns, and shared posts on Facebook quoting former American president Donald Trump as well pictures of a statue holding a rifle with the US flag in the background.

His Facebook profile suggests he started working at defence and engineering company Babcock International earlier this year. The company declined to comment.

Jake Davison who shot multiple people and then himself last night was a YouTuber who ranted about being a ‘fat ugly virgin’


In rambling and unsettling films made in the weeks before his rampage, he described an obsession with The Terminator and repeatedly mentions to ‘incel’ movement linked to mass shootings in the US

Rambling virgin Davison said he hoped working out would help him lose weight and become more attractive to women

A gigantic forensics tent on Biddick Drive as police arrive to gather evidence at one of the most shocking shootings in British history

Police forensic officers at the scene in Biddick Drive, Plymouth today where five people were murdered by a gunman who turned the weapon on himself

An incel, which is an abbreviation of an involuntary celibate, refers to a group of men who advocated for violence against women because they believe they are unjustly denied sexual or romantic attention.

Essentially, they blame women for refusing to have sex with them and believe in responding with rape and violence. 

Those who identify as an incel interact with each other on online forums where they discuss their hatred of women, hatred of feminism, how to get away with rape, and specific women to target. 

In 2014, self-proclaimed Incel Elliot Rodger (pictured) declared a ‘War on Women’ and went on a killing spree near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Since then, Incels have been linked to a number of violent attacks, and are increasingly described as a terrorism threat. 

In February 2020, a machete attack in a Toronto massage parlor became the first incident of alleged Incel violence to be prosecuted as an act of terrorism. 

Jake Davison talked about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form lasting relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’. 

Dr Joseph Downing, a fellow in nationalism at LSE who studies security and terrorism, told MailOnline: ‘The incel attacks and jihadi attacks share many commonality. In all cases it’s the chicken and egg problem.

‘Is it somebody who acts like this because of their predisposition to violence who found the incel movement, or is it the incel movement that gave that individual the idea to go and commit violence?

‘Many think it’s about extremist propaganda and the ability to access it and be radicalised, but I’m on the side of that it doesn’t really matter.

‘These people go and seek extremist ideologies because they’re predisposed to do that kind of thing. So whether it’s Andre Breivik or jihadis or the incel movement it doesn’t matter.

‘The incel movement is pretty nuts. When you go down the rabbit hole they say stuff like women are forcing me to be celibate and should cater it upon themselves as their feminine duties to give sexual favours to men.

‘But it doesn’t really say much about acts of violence. It’s not really an ideology that goes as far as say radical Islam.

‘They’re more of an abstract nihilistic, misogynistic kind of group. So there is a commonality with other forms of extremist violence.

‘It’s more the person is predisposed to to that kind of behaviour and they go and seek out some kind of extremist ideology.

‘The individual is just not interested in the other information out there, they want to find the radical ideology.’

He added: ‘I don’t think people like him will encourage similar acts of violence – in this case we lose the fact that what he’s done is really mysterious.

‘The majority of people you could just never sway to do that kind of thing. But there may well be other individuals who will go out and commit acts of violence and say it’s inspired by him, for example.

‘Some may say yes I was inspired by him and incel and stuff like that, but I don’t think people are swayed, some just have that psychopathic tendency to extreme violence or they don’t.’

He said on July 28: ‘People like similar to me, they’ve had nothing but themselves. And then they’ve socially had it tough, probably grew up in a s*** background, like, like… How can you have drive and willpower, you know, when you’ve been defeated a million times? It’s you wake up and you’re like ‘what the f***?’, you know, when you’ve when you’ve worked so f***ing hard – so f***ing hard – and you see mother***ers who work nowhere near as hard as you.   

‘For the most part it’s just been me against the world. It’s just been me fighting an uphill battle with a big f***ing rock on my back, you know, while I’m seeing mother***ers that don’t deserve half of anything, now they’re getting a free road to the top’.

He added: ‘I think any as long as you’re breathing air… It’s like in the Terminator, right, you know, fate is nothing, you know, the whole premise of the Terminator movies is that you know everything’s rigged against you, there’s no hope for humanity, you know, we’re on the brink of extinction, you know, these machines are unstoppable killing machines that can’t be beaten, can’t be outsmarted. 

‘But yet humanity still tries to fight to the end! And I know it’s a movie but, you know, I like to think sometimes, you know, I’m a Terminator or something.

‘And despite, despite, um, you know reaching almost total system failure he keeps trying to accomplish his mission, you know’. 

Witnesses described seeing the gunman dressed in black and grey and kicking down the door of a semi-detached house and opening fire in the Keyham area of the city just after 6pm yesterday.  

He was carrying a long-barreled gun and was seen fleeing to the rear of the property and into a park where he allegedly ran into the two dog walkers and opened fire.

One witness, calling herself Sharron, described seeing the shooting as ‘horrendous and so sad’.

‘Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three possibly four to begin with,’ she said.

‘This was when the shooter kicked in the door of a house and randomly started shooting. 

‘He ran from the house shooting as he ran and proceeded to shoot at a few people in the linear park up from the drive.’

She said the ‘shooter proceeded along Royal Navy Avenue still shooting’.

The owners of a hairdressers were told by police that it would have to remain closed until early next week because it is where Jake Davison shot one of his victims and then himself.

Leah Bull and Nikki Whitton are co-owners of Blush Salon, which is located on Henderson Place in Keyham, where Davison carried out his rampage.

After shooting dead people who are believed to be members of his family on Biddick Drive, he walked through a path, exiting onto Henderson Place to continue his killing spree.

After arriving at the police cordon which has been put up in the area, Ms Bull was told by police that a woman was shot dead outside her business while Davison killed himself behind it.

Ms Bull told MailOnline: ‘We can’t get into our salon and probably won’t until at least early next week. 

‘I wanted to go in so that we can contact our clients who have appointments telling them not to come but that’s not going to be possible. We’ve got people coming from as far as Cornwall.

‘I was informed that a woman was shot outside the salon while a man was found dead by some garages which are behind it. 

‘This has left me really shaken because we only closed our salon on Thursday about an hour before the shootings took place.’

Ms Whitton said: ‘The police told us that the cordon around our salon will remain in place over the weekend and maybe even into early next week.

‘It’s very tragic what’s happened but this has left us with a lot of problems because we had a lot of appointments booked. I don’t know what we’re going to do.’

Local residents reported seeing a woman receiving CPR outside Blush Salon.

Robert Pinkerton, 54 told Plymouth Live that he was on Henderson Place when he heard a loud bank. He turned a corner and bumped into a man and ‘swerved’ when he saw the gun.

He saw an injured woman in the doorway of the hairdressers and witnessed a man tried to give her medical attention.

Janet, another local resident told MailOnline: ‘I heard all the sirens going and went to see what was going on. When I got to the hairdressers, I saw a woman on the floor, and she was receiving CPR.

‘It was a horrific sight and not something I’d want to see again. We’ve been told that the Davison went to the garages at the back of the hairdressers and shot himself.’

The chilling parallels between the shooting in Plymouth and the Sandy Hook and Hungerford massacres 

In December 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down 27 people, including his mother, before turning his weapon himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut.

Lanza murdered 20 elementary school children, six adults and shot his own mother, Nancy, 52, four times in the head with a rifle while she slept in bed. 

A 2014 report found Lanza was a deeply troubled young man who obsessed over mass killings as he fell deeper into a pit of mental illness while his mother ignored his struggles. 

FBI files revealed he had an ‘obsession’ with historic mass shootings and a ‘paedophilia-like’ interest in children before he committed the fourth deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. 

Documents  also showed Lanza had meticulously created a spreadsheet documenting previous mass shootings, including the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. 

He had acquired National Rifle Association safety permits after attending shooting ranges with his mother, Nancy Lanza.

Details on the pair’s relationship remain unclear, but one a medical professional said Nancy was never allowed into Adam’s room. 

It was on August 19, 1987 that loner and gun fanatic Michael Ryan went on a shooting rampage in Hungerford, a market town in Berkshire.

Armed with an automatic rifle, a pistol and at least one hand grenade he shot 16 people dead, including his mother, before killing himself.  

His victims included a police officer who tried to tackle him. At least another 15 people were also injured.

His first victim was a woman who was picnicking with her two children in Savernake Forest, 10 miles from the Berkshire town.

Less than 10 minutes later, firefighters were called to a house in Hungerford where they found the body of Ryan’s mother.

Ryan, dressed in combat gear, then made his way, shooting at people as he went on foot, to the town’s main shopping area where he indiscriminately shot and killed 12 people.

He then managed to evade a massive manhunt by armed police and helicopters until he was tracked down to the empty John O’Gaunt Community Technology College where he barricaded himself in.

Negotiators made contact with Ryan after he had fired at circling helicopters.

At one point Ryan waved an unpinned grenade at police through a window. 

He is reported to have told negotiators: ‘Hungerford must be a bit of a mess. I wish I had stayed in bed.’

The body of the 27-year-old, who had shot himself, was later found inside.

Ryan was described by the press as a gun fanatic who had an ‘unhealthy’ relationship with his mother.

The incident led to tighter restrictions on gun ownership with the introduction of the Firearms (Amendment) Act of 1988 but critics said the legislation did not go far enough.

On March 13 1996, former Scout leader Thomas Hamilton entered the gymnasium at Dunblane Primary School and opened fire on a class of five and six-year-olds, killing 16 children and their teacher.

In a shooting spree which lasted less than three minutes, Hamilton, who was armed with two pistols and two revolvers, fired a total of 109 rounds.

A public inquiry into the Dunblane massacre found that Hamilton, a former shopkeeper, had been investigated by police following complaints about his behaviour towards young boys.

The incident led to further tightening of gun controls with a ban on owning handguns. 

The area of the naval port city where the killings took place was put in lockdown as emergency response teams raced to the scene.

Local MPs urged residents to ‘remain calm’ and stay indoors as they awaited more information, adding that it was a ‘grim day for our city and our community’.

The incident was so serious that Home Secretary Priti Patel was given regular updates. 

Security sources said it was not being treated as a terror incident.

Sharron Turner, 57, who lives behind the scene of the shooting, said that a gunman had ‘kicked in’ the front door of a semi-detached house before shooting a young mother and her daughter.

‘We heard a number of loud bangs which I said sounded like gunshots,’ Miss Turner told The Times. 

‘Then he ran into the park and there were further shots. I heard someone say he had shot his brother.’ 

After the attack the gunman escaped through a park behind the house in Northdown Crescent and shot two dog walkers, she claimed. 

A second witness wrote: ‘I’ve just had to emergency drive out of my house. There’s [someone] on the rampage in my cul de sac with a real gun and he’s already shot two people. They are laying on the ground. One is dead, blood everywhere. I’m shaking like a leaf.’ 

Robert Pinkerton, 54, told the BBC he had ‘bumped into a bloke with a shotgun’ after he heard a ‘loud bang’.

Mr Pinkerton then saw an injured woman in the doorway of a hairdressers and witnessed a man trying to give her medical attention.    

While local resident Michelle Abdullah wrote said: ‘Sad day, a man shot his whole family then went on a random shoot out. Police right outside my house. Three air ambulances at the park out my back garden.’

Last night a video posted on social media showed a body covered in a sheet lying on a pavement as an armed policeman stood close by.     

One witness told MailOnline: ‘I was at my mate’s house after going to the gym. We were in his kitchen making some sandwiches and suddenly we heard shouting followed by screaming.  

‘We really thought nothing of it as the area can be noisy sometimes. We soon after heard what we thought was a firework going off so then walked towards the front off the house.

‘We then saw the body of the gunman and called 999.’ 

And resident, John, said: ‘I heard the air ambulance helicopters, and two of them landed in the playing field behind us.

‘Then we could hear police cars screeching and we saw armed response officers running up the hill, carrying guns. And loads of ambulances arrived. 

‘I went out to check that people were all right and to ask if there was anything we could do, and the Police Community Support Officers told everyone to get back indoors.

‘Then we saw the ambulances take people away. It all seemed to be happening at the man’s family home, I think. People are saying that the man has killed himself. He’s only a young guy, late teens or early 20s.’ 

Last night, armed police, the Hazardous Area Response Unit (HART), National Police Air Service and around three air ambulances raced to the scene of the ‘serious and tragic incident following reports of ‘loud bangs’ and ‘gun shots’ just after 6pm.    

In the aftermath of the attack, Johnny Mercer, the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, sought to reassure his constituents on Twitter, saying the incident was ‘not terror-related’ and the suspect involved was not ‘on the run’. 

As the scenes continue to unfold, local Labour MP Luke Pollard also tweeted: ‘Really worrying news coming out of Keyham in Plymouth. Please can everyone stay safe, stay indoors and follow police advice.’ 

He added: ‘Awaiting confirmation of number of victims but this looks like a very grim day for our city and our community. 

‘Please can I ask that you think of the families and our community and not share any images or videos of any of the victims. #keyham.’ 

And Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected.I have spoken to the Chief Constable and offered my full support. 

‘I urge everyone to remain calm, follow police advice and allow our emergency services to get on with their jobs.’


His Facebook profile and logo’d T-shirts suggests he started working at defence and engineering company Babcock International earlier this year. The company declined to comment.

Police at Biddick Drive in Plymouth where a number of people have been shot dead including their suspected killer

Officers in white boiler carry out fingertip searches for bullets and other evidence close to Biddick Drive


A police investigator carries a tripod and evidence markers in Royal Navy Avenue, where the rampage continued after Biddick Drive, and then into Henderson Place (right) where more shots were fired

The Hazardous Area Response Unit (HART), National Police Air Service and around three air ambulances race to the scene in North Prospect, Plymouth, after the gunman opened fire in Biddick Drive just after 6pm

Around three air ambulances raced to the scene in North Prospect, Plymouth, last night after the ‘serious’ incident began to unfold

Biddick Drive, a once sleepy residential cul-de-sac in Plymouth that became the scene of chaos yesterday evening after a gunman opened fire and killed five people

A cordon is put in place as police officer attend the scene where a gunman opened fire and killed at least five people 

Armed police descended upon the scene in Plymouth last night as locals were urged by MPs to stay indoors 

An air ambulance lands near the scene where the shooter  went on a murderous rampage in Plymouth last night, killing at least five people at random

Meanwhile Labour leader Keir Starmer said: ‘There’s much we don’t know about the shocking events in Plymouth. 

‘However it’s clear tragedy has hit Keyham. My thoughts are with the families and neighbours of those caught up in this nightmare. I pay tribute to our emergency services who ran towards events we’d all run from. ‘

Elsewhere, shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds tweeted: ‘Truly terrible news. Thinking of the families and friends of those who have died and those injured. Thank you to our remarkable emergency services.

‘I’ve been in contact with local representatives to express my support for the whole community of Plymouth on this awful evening.’ 

And Plymouth Argyle FC tweeted: ‘Our hearts go out to victims of tonight’s tragic incident in our city, alongside their families, friends, and the wider Plymouth community.’ 

Tonight, London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote: ‘Deeply saddened by the loss of life in Plymouth this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and the emergency service workers responding to this tragic incident.’ 

Emergency crews, including armed police, arrive to the scene following reports of multiple shootings in the Keyham area 

 

Officers stand at the scene of the major incident in Plymouth as a nearby school sports centre is closed down and people are told to stay indoors

Police remain at the scene after the serious firearms incident in the Keyham area of Plymouth last night 

Emergency services arrive to the the scene following a shooting in Keyham in Plymouth, which saw a gunman kill five people

Forensic teams carry out their investigations after the gunman went on a murderous rampage in Plymouth last night

 

The once quiet cul-de-sac where the killings took place was placed under lockdown as emergency response teams raced to the scene

Six-minute massacre: How Plymouth gunman stormed home and murdered female relative before shooting dead four more including girl, three, on rampage with ‘pump action shotgun’ before turning weapon on himself

Shocking details began to emerge today about how a gunman killed five people including a three-year-old girl in a six-minute shooting spree in Plymouth before turning the weapon on himself.

Jake Davison, 22, shot and killed a woman at a property in the Keyham area of the Devon city last night, before going outside and immediately shooting dead the child and her male relative with a pump-action shotgun.

He then shot and killed another man in nearby parkland. After shooting and fatally injuring another woman, Davison shot himself. Officers arrived at the scene six minutes after receiving multiple calls from the public.

Davison also shot two other local residents who are being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. These two people ‘received significant injuries’, but were the only victims to not die from their wounds.

As police said there were at least 13 crime scenes, MailOnline explains how yesterday’s tragedy unfolded: 

The gunman killed five people including a ‘very young girl’ in a six-minute shooting spree in Plymouth last night

1) MURDERS A WOMAN, 51, IN HIS HOUSE 

Apprentice crane operator Jake Davison, 22, who calls himself as a ‘f***ing fat ugly virgin’, kicks down the door of a house in Biddick Drive, where he is believed to live, in the Keyham area of Plymouth in Devon at 6pm yesterday. 

Dressed in black, Davison opens fire with a long-barreled gun on those inside, believed to be members of his family, killing a 51-year-old woman with whom Devon and Cornwall Police say he had a familial relationship. 

One witness, calling herself Sharron, described seeing the shooting as ‘horrendous and so sad’. She said: ‘Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three possibly four to begin with.

‘This was when the shooter kicked in the door of a house and randomly started shooting. He ran from the house shooting as he ran and proceeded to shoot at a few people in the linear park up from the drive.’ 

2) MURDERS A GIRL, 3, AND HER MALE RELATIVE, 43 

Without saying a word, Davison then leaves the semi-detached house and enters Biddick Drive where he fatally shoots a three-year-old girl and kills a 43-year-old male relative of the child who was walking her up the road. 

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said the force believes the incident is ‘domestically related, that has spilled into the street and seen several people in Plymouth losing their lives in extraordinarily tragic circumstances’. 

Police work near the scene on Biddick Drive following the shooting in the Keyham area of Plymouth yesterday evening

A police car at the scene on Biddick Drive today following the shooting in Keyham, Plymouth, yesterday evening

3) INJURES A MAN, 53, AND A WOMAN, 33

Further along Biddick Drive, Davison shoots at two local residents – a man and a woman – who suffer significant but not life-threatening injuries. They are now in hospital and are the only victims to receive non-fatal injuries. 

They are aged 53 and 33, and are known to each other. Mr Sawyer said most witnesses were ‘shocked at what was unfolding before them’, and there was no evidence that Davison was saying anything as he carried out his atrocity.

4) MURDERS A MAN, 59, IN A PARK

Davison then enters an adjacent area of parkland where he immediately shoots a man, aged 59, who dies at the scene. Police say they do not yet know of any formal relationship between Davison and the man.

Police and forensic officers in the area around Biddick Drive in Plymouth today following the shootings yesterday

Police teams work near the scene on Biddick Drive following the shooting in Keyham yesterday evening

5) MURDERS A WOMAN, 66, OUTSIDE A HAIR SALON

He then fatally wounds a 66-year-old woman outside the Blush hair salon, which is located nearby on Henderson Place. The owners of the hairdressers told MailOnline that they only closed about an hour before the shooting.

Nikki Whitton, co-owner of Blush, said: ‘The police told us that the cordon around our salon will remain in place over the weekend and maybe even into early next week. It’s very tragic what’s happened.’ 

Janet, a local resident, told MailOnline: ‘I heard all the sirens going and went to see what was going on. When I got to the hairdressers, I saw a woman on the floor, and she was receiving CPR. It was a horrific sight.’ 

6) SHOOTS HIMSELF 

Eye-witnesses tell police that Davison then turns the gun upon himself, taking his own life before officers arrive. 

The owners of the salon were told by police that it would have to remain closed until early next week because it is where Davison shot one of his victims and then himself.

Leah Bull, co-owner of Blush, said: ‘I was informed that a woman was shot outside the salon while a man was found dead by some garages which are behind it. This has left me really shaken because we only closed our salon on Thursday about an hour before the shootings took place.’ 

A police car blocks off Henderson Place last night following the shooting which left six people dead including the gunman

Devon and Cornwall Police said it received ‘multiple’ calls about the incident in the Keyham area of Plymouth at 6.11pm

7) POLICE ARRIVE

Armed police, the Hazardous Area Response Unit, National Police Air Service and around three air ambulances race to the scene of the incident last night after being called to reports of ‘loud bangs’ and ‘gun shots’.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it received ‘multiple’ calls about the incident at 6.11pm. Officers arrived at the scene within six minutes and discovered Davison’s body a short time later, with this logged by police at 6.23pm. 

The chief constable later praised the response of the emergency services and locals, adding: ‘The community of Plymouth is strong.’ He also urged people not to contact the force today unless it is ‘truly an emergency’.

EXCLUSIVE: Plymouth gunman was ‘incel’ virgin, 22, who posted rambling YouTube videos complaining he was too ‘fat and ugly’ to have sex and boasted about being a ‘Terminator’ before ‘killing five including girl, 3, and family then shooting himself dead’

  • Jake Davison, 23, a bodybuilder obsessed with not being attractive to women, named by police as the killer
  • He spoke of affinity with ‘incel’ movement whose misogynist members have carried out mass murder in US
  • Gunman went on a rampage through the streets of Plymouth last night killing five people and then himself 
  • He was seen kicked down the door of a house in his street and then opening fire on strangers in the street 
  • Dozens of police remained at the scene tonight trying to piece together the details of Davison’s bloodbath 
  • A girl of three, two women and two men died in the attack, as did Davison. The majority were strangers to him 
  • Do you know Davison? Did you witness the incident in Plymouth? Email [email protected] 

What we know so far about the mass shooting in Plymouth 

– Trainee crane operator Jake Davison, 23, carried out the attack yesterday evening;

– Davison had a firearms licence, and police do not believe he was linked to any terrorist or far-right organisation.

– The crime scene currently stretches to 13 separate sites.

– Police are examining the hard drive and social media activity of Davison, who posted on a YouTube channel under the name Professor Waffle and previously said he did not have ‘any willpower to do anything anymore’ in a recording dated July 28.

– Five people and the suspected gunman have died after a shooting in Plymouth; 

– Devon and Cornwall Police said they received reports of a ‘serious firearms incident’ in Biddick Drive, Keyham, at around 6.10pm.

– The South Western Ambulance Service said hazardous area response teams (HART), multiple ambulances, air ambulances, doctors and senior paramedics were sent to the scene.

– Two women and two men were found dead at different crime scenes;

– A third woman, who was treated for gunshot wounds, later died in hospital.

– One of those killed was a girl, aged three

– Local MP Luke Pollard said a number of people are receiving treatment in hospital although the number has not been confirmed by police.

– Detectives stressed the incident was not terror-related and that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

– The area remained cordoned off on Friday, with officers in white forensic suits working at the scene and a coroner’s ambulance was filmed leaving; 

The maniac shooter who murdered five people in Plymouth before turning his gun on himself was a nihilistic YouTuber who fantasised about being The Terminator, ranted about being a ‘f***ing fat ugly virgin’ and described his affinity with the ‘incel’ movement linked to mass murder by misogynists in the US and Canada, MailOnline can reveal today.

Jake Davison, 22, a bodybuilder who appears obsessed with not being attractive to women and being without a girlfriend, has been named by people in the Devon naval city as the gunman with a three-year-old girl and at least one relative feared to be among his victims.    

At 6pm last night the apprentice crane operator was seen kicking down the door of a house in Biddick Drive, where he lives, and opening fire with a long-barreled gun on the people inside, believed to be members of his family, killing one person.

His mother, who recently beat cancer, a sister and brother all live in the city.

Without saying a word Davison, dressed in black, then gunned down a little girl, three, and a male relative walking her up Biddick Drive in the south-west naval city before then shooting and injuring a man and a woman nearby. They are recovering in hospital.

The gunman then shot and murdered a man walking in a nearby park, fatally wounded a woman outside a hair salon before shooting himself ‘during that six-minute-or-so period’ before armed police arrived.

His rampage left the young girl, two women, and two men dead. More were injured.

The mass shooting  – the first in Britain involving an ‘active gunman’ for 11 years since taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 people in Cumbria – will spark an inquiry into how Davison was able to get the weapon in a country with strict gun controls.   

Home Secretary Priti Patel was briefed throughout the evening as was Boris Johnson, who today tweeted; My thoughts are with the friends and family of those who lost their lives and with all those affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night. I thank the emergency services for their response’.

Local MP Luke Pollard called the incident ‘utterly devastating’ and ‘probably the darkest day in Plymouth’s history since the end of the Second World War’, when Nazi Luftwaffe carpet bombed the city and its world-famous docks. 

There will also be questions for the police about whether he was known to them before the attack. Devon and Cornwall Police are yet to comment on any contact they may have had with him or how he got the gun.

Today MailOnline can reveal he was an active YouTuber calling himself ‘Professor Waffle’, who posted videos of himself working out and most recently ten-minute rants about life being ‘rigged against you’, humanity being on the ‘brink of extinction’ and being repulsive to the opposite sex.

He also shared clips from ultra-violent video games and just two days ago ‘liked’ videos of a M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle being shot.

In his most recent online rant from his bedroom he said: ‘You wake up and you stare at the wall and you’re thinking um nothing’s changed but I’m still in the same position, same period in life, still a f***ing this, that virgin f***ing fat ugly, what’. He added: ‘I like to think sometimes, you know, I’m a Terminator or something. And despite, despite, um, you know reaching almost total system failure he keeps trying to accomplish his mission’.  

A fortnight ago, the 23-year-old also spoke of his affinity with the ‘incel’ movement, which has been linked to a number of mass shootings in the US. The most notorious was by misogynist killer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in California in May 2014 before he turned the gun on himself. In Canada in 2018 Alek Minassian posted a Facebook message showing his support for Incels before ploughing a van into crowds, killing ten.

‘Incel’ stands for ‘involuntary celibate’ and those referring to themselves as such believe their unattractiveness to women is predetermined by his genetics. Some extremist followers believe they are owed sex by women. Davison says repeatedly in his videos that he is repulsive to women, overweight and so is all his family.

He also talks about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form lasting relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’.  Davison also ‘liked’ a series of videos about guns, and shared posts on Facebook quoting former American president Donald Trump as well pictures of a statue holding a rifle with the US flag in the background.

His Facebook profile suggests he started working at defence and engineering company Babcock International earlier this year. The company declined to comment.

Jake Davison shot multiple people and then himself last night in the worst shooting atrocity in Britain for 11 years

Jake Davison who shot multiple people and then himself last night was a YouTuber who ranted about being a ‘fat ugly virgin’


In rambling and unsettling films made in the weeks before his rampage, he described an obsession with The Terminator and repeatedly mentions to ‘incel’ movement linked to mass shootings in the US

Rambling virgin Davison said he hoped working out would help him lose weight and become more attractive to women

A gigantic forensics tent on Biddick Drive as police arrive to gather evidence at one of the most shocking shootings in British history

Police forensic officers at the scene in Biddick Drive, Plymouth today where five people were murdered by a gunman who turned the weapon on himself

Incels and ‘black pill’ links to Plymouth gunman: Misogynist movement who believe they are ‘owed sex’ and have been behind several mass shootings in the US including 2020 machete attack classed as terrorism

An incel, which is an abbreviation of an involuntary celibate, refers to a group of men who advocated for violence against women because they believe they are unjustly denied sexual or romantic attention.

Essentially, they blame women for refusing to have sex with them and believe in responding with rape and violence. 

Those who identify as an incel interact with each other on online forums where they discuss their hatred of women, hatred of feminism, how to get away with rape, and specific women to target. 

In 2014, self-proclaimed Incel Elliot Rodger (pictured) declared a ‘War on Women’ and went on a killing spree near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Since then, Incels have been linked to a number of violent attacks, and are increasingly described as a terrorism threat. 

In February 2020, a machete attack in a Toronto massage parlor became the first incident of alleged Incel violence to be prosecuted as an act of terrorism. 

Jake Davison talked about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form lasting relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’. 

Dr Joseph Downing, a fellow in nationalism at LSE who studies security and terrorism, told MailOnline: ‘The incel attacks and jihadi attacks share many commonality. In all cases it’s the chicken and egg problem.

‘Is it somebody who acts like this because of their predisposition to violence who found the incel movement, or is it the incel movement that gave that individual the idea to go and commit violence?

‘Many think it’s about extremist propaganda and the ability to access it and be radicalised, but I’m on the side of that it doesn’t really matter.

‘These people go and seek extremist ideologies because they’re predisposed to do that kind of thing. So whether it’s Andre Breivik or jihadis or the incel movement it doesn’t matter.

‘The incel movement is pretty nuts. When you go down the rabbit hole they say stuff like women are forcing me to be celibate and should cater it upon themselves as their feminine duties to give sexual favours to men.

‘But it doesn’t really say much about acts of violence. It’s not really an ideology that goes as far as say radical Islam.

‘They’re more of an abstract nihilistic, misogynistic kind of group. So there is a commonality with other forms of extremist violence.

‘It’s more the person is predisposed to to that kind of behaviour and they go and seek out some kind of extremist ideology.

‘The individual is just not interested in the other information out there, they want to find the radical ideology.’

He added: ‘I don’t think people like him will encourage similar acts of violence – in this case we lose the fact that what he’s done is really mysterious.

‘The majority of people you could just never sway to do that kind of thing. But there may well be other individuals who will go out and commit acts of violence and say it’s inspired by him, for example.

‘Some may say yes I was inspired by him and incel and stuff like that, but I don’t think people are swayed, some just have that psychopathic tendency to extreme violence or they don’t.’

He said on July 28: ‘People like similar to me, they’ve had nothing but themselves. And then they’ve socially had it tough, probably grew up in a s*** background, like, like… How can you have drive and willpower, you know, when you’ve been defeated a million times? It’s you wake up and you’re like ‘what the f***?’, you know, when you’ve when you’ve worked so f***ing hard – so f***ing hard – and you see mother***ers who work nowhere near as hard as you.   

‘For the most part it’s just been me against the world. It’s just been me fighting an uphill battle with a big f***ing rock on my back, you know, while I’m seeing mother***ers that don’t deserve half of anything, now they’re getting a free road to the top’.

He added: ‘I think any as long as you’re breathing air… It’s like in the Terminator, right, you know, fate is nothing, you know, the whole premise of the Terminator movies is that you know everything’s rigged against you, there’s no hope for humanity, you know, we’re on the brink of extinction, you know, these machines are unstoppable killing machines that can’t be beaten, can’t be outsmarted. But yet humanity still tries to fight to the end! And I know it’s a movie but, you know, I like to think sometimes, you know, I’m a Terminator or something. And despite, despite, um, you know reaching almost total system failure he keeps trying to accomplish his mission, you know’.   

Witnesses described seeing the gunman dressed in black and grey and kicking down the door of a semi-detached house and opening fire in the Keyham area of the city just after 6pm yesterday.  

He was carrying a long-barreled gun and was seen fleeing to the rear of the property and into a park where he allegedly ran into the two dog walkers and opened fire.

One witness, calling herself Sharron, described seeing the shooting as ‘horrendous and so sad’.

‘Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three possibly four to begin with,’ she said.

‘This was when the shooter kicked in the door of a house and randomly started shooting. He ran from the house shooting as he ran and proceeded to shoot at a few people in the linear park up from the drive.’

She said the ‘shooter proceeded along Royal Navy Avenue still shooting’.

The owners of a hairdressers were told by police that it would have to remain closed until early next week because it is where Jake Davison shot one of his victims and then himself.

Leah Bull and Nikki Whitton are co-owners of Blush Salon, which is located on Henderson Place in Keyham, where Davison carried out his rampage.

After shooting dead people who are believed to be members of his family on Biddick Drive, he walked through a path, exiting onto Henderson Place to continue his killing spree.

After arriving at the police cordon which has been put up in the area, Ms Bull was told by police that a woman was shot dead outside her business while Davison killed himself behind it.

Ms Bull told MailOnline: ‘We can’t get into our salon and probably won’t until at least early next week. I wanted to go in so that we can contact our clients who have appointments telling them not to come but that’s not going to be possible. We’ve got people coming from as far as Cornwall.

‘I was informed that a woman was shot outside the salon while a man was found dead by some garages which are behind it. This has left me really shaken because we only closed our salon on Thursday about an hour before the shootings took place.’

Ms Whitton said: ‘The police told us that the cordon around our salon will remain in place over the weekend and maybe even into early next week.

‘It’s very tragic what’s happened but this has left us with a lot of problems because we had a lot of appointments booked. I don’t know what we’re going to do.’

Local residents reported seeing a woman receiving CPR outside Blush Salon.

Robert Pinkerton, 54 told Plymouth Live that he was on Henderson Place when he heard a loud bank. He turned a corner and bumped into a man and ‘swerved’ when he saw the gun.

He saw an injured woman in the doorway of the hairdressers and witnessed a man tried to give her medical attention.

Janet, another local resident told MailOnline: ‘I heard all the sirens going and went to see what was going on. When I got to the hairdressers, I saw a woman on the floor, and she was receiving CPR.

‘It was a horrific sight and not something I’d want to see again. We’ve been told that the Davison went to the garages at the back of the hairdressers and shot himself.’

The area of the naval port city where the killings took place was put in lockdown as emergency response teams raced to the scene.

Local MPs urged residents to ‘remain calm’ and stay indoors as they awaited more information, adding that it was a ‘grim day for our city and our community’.

The incident was so serious that Home Secretary Priti Patel was given regular updates. Security sources said it was not being treated as a terror incident.

Sharron Turner, 57, who lives behind the scene of the shooting, said that a gunman had ‘kicked in’ the front door of a semi-detached house before shooting a young mother and her daughter.

‘We heard a number of loud bangs which I said sounded like gunshots,’ Miss Turner told The Times. ‘Then he ran into the park and there were further shots. I heard someone say he had shot his brother.’ 

After the attack the gunman escaped through a park behind the house in Northdown Crescent and shot two dog walkers, she claimed. 

A second witness wrote: ‘I’ve just had to emergency drive out of my house. There’s [someone] on the rampage in my cul de sac with a real gun and he’s already shot two people. They are laying on the ground. One is dead, blood everywhere. I’m shaking like a leaf.’ 

Robert Pinkerton, 54, told the BBC he had ‘bumped into a bloke with a shotgun’ after he heard a ‘loud bang’.

Mr Pinkerton then saw an injured woman in the doorway of a hairdressers and witnessed a man trying to give her medical attention.    

While local resident Michelle Abdullah wrote said: ‘Sad day, a man shot his whole family then went on a random shoot out. Police right outside my house. Three air ambulances at the park out my back garden.’ 

The ‘rising threat’ of ‘incels’: How Plymouth gunman expressed solidarity with misogynistic movement who believe they are ‘owed’ sex that has been linked to mass shootings in the US and recent cases in the UK

The Incel – ‘involuntary celibate’ – movement, which influenced the Plymouth killer, is a small but growing concern to police in Britain.

There have been two recent cases of followers who were prevented from taking action after investigations by police.

Police are concerned the misogynistic movement has been associated with at least six mass-shootings and the murder of 46 people in the US.

Followers believe in genetic determinism and target women and attractive men – termed ‘Stacys’ and ‘Chads’ – as the source of their inability to find a partner.

They are increasingly part of a ‘squashed down’ set of extreme ideologies that include Satanism and the occult and an interest in high school shootings.

Those who identify as an incel interact with each other on online forums where they discuss their hatred of women, hatred of feminism, how to get away with rape, and specific women to target.

An official report released earlier this year highlighted the Incel movement as a ‘rising threat’ to Britain.

Police are concerned the misogynistic movement has been associated with at least six mass-shootings and the murder of 46 people in the US. Pictured: Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in California

Plymouth shooter Jake Davison talked about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form lasting relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’ – and has been linked to the incel movement.

He appeared obsessed with not being attractive to women and being without a girlfriend. 

In his most recent online rant from his bedroom he said: ‘You wake up and you stare at the wall and you’re thinking um nothing’s changed but I’m still in the same position, same period in life, still a f***ing this, that virgin f***ing fat ugly, what’.

He added: ‘I like to think sometimes, you know, I’m a Terminator or something. And despite, despite, um, you know reaching almost total system failure he keeps trying to accomplish his mission.’

A fortnight ago, the 22-year-old also spoke of his affinity with the ‘incel’ movement.

Followers refer to themselves as such believe their unattractiveness to women is predetermined by his genetics.

Some extremist believe they are owed sex by women. Davison says repeatedly in his videos he is repulsive to women, overweight and so is all his family.

He talked about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’.

Plymouth shooter Jake Davison (pictured) talked about being a ‘black pill-er’ – a group who believe they are unworthy of love and attempts to form lasting relationships with women are ‘destined to end in failure’ – and has been linked to the incel movement

Dr Joseph Downing, a fellow in nationalism at LSE who looks at security and terrorism, told MailOnline: ‘The incel attacks and jihadi attacks share many commonality.

‘In all cases it’s the chicken and egg problem. Is it somebody who acts like this because of their predisposition to violence who found the incel movement, or is it the incel movement that gave that individual the idea to go and commit violence?

‘Many think it’s about extremist propaganda and the ability to access it and be radicalised, but I’m on the side of that it doesn’t really matter.

‘These people go and seek extremist ideologies because they’re predisposed to do that kind of thing. So whether it’s Andre Breivik or jihadis or the incel movement it doesn’t matter.

‘The incel movement is pretty nuts. When you go down the rabbit hole they say stuff like women are forcing me to be celibate and should cater it upon themselves as their feminine duties to give sexual favours to men.

‘But it doesn’t really say much about acts of violence. It’s not really an ideology that goes as far as say radical Islam.

‘They’re more of an abstract nihilistic, misogynistic kind of group. So there is a commonality with other forms of extremist violence.

‘It’s more the person is predisposed to to that kind of behaviour and they go and seek out some kind of extremist ideology.

‘The individual is just not interested in the other information out there, they want to find the radical ideology.’

He added: ‘I don’t think people like him will encourage similar acts of violence – in this case we lose the fact that what he’s done is really mysterious.

‘The majority of people you could just never sway to do that kind of thing. But there may well be other individuals who will go out and commit acts of violence and say it’s inspired by him, for example.

‘Some may say yes I was inspired by him and incel and stuff like that, but I don’t think people are swayed, some just have that psychopathic tendency to extreme violence or they don’t.’

In the past few years there have been a spate of other cases linked to the disturbing movements.

Anwar Said Driouich, 22, from Middlesbrough, was jailed last year after collecting bomb-making chemicals, explosives manuals, knives and balaclavas.

He had used the password ‘killer’ on his mobile phone and told a friend he wanted to launch a ‘massacre’.

Police were called in by a chemical supplier after Driouich bought 10kg of ammonium nitrate online, paying £199 on August 14 last year.

Inquiries into his purchases showed it was his second purchase of the chemical and he had also bought weapons such as a knuckleduster, handcuffs, full face balaclavas, and two wireless firework firing systems with a firework electric igniter fuse.

Anwar Said Driouich (pictured), 22, from Middlesbrough, was jailed last year after collecting bomb-making chemicals, explosives manuals, knives and balaclavas

Earlier this year, a Cambridge University maths graduate was jailed after he bought a copy of a bomb-making manual on Amazon.

Oliver Bel, 24, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, had said he wanted to ‘go ER’ – a reference to Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in California, and is seen as an inspiration for the ‘Incel’ movement.

Jonathan Hall QC, the terrorism watchdog, last month referred to the threat from terrrorism becoming ‘more blurred’ where it is ‘hard to distinguish between what is conventionally understood as terrorism and what is not.’

He said there were ‘considerable difficulties’ in identifying whether desires to kill expressed online, particularly when expressed by the young, will translate into acts of terrorism in real life.

‘If there is an ideological component, and I think there may well be one, it is a nihilism which seeks the end of days,’ he said.

‘It has something akin to the revolution of the unhappy or the ‘beta uprising’ carried out by incels or involuntary celibates.’

Mr Hall cited the case of Tobias Rathjen, a racist, obsessed with conspiracy theories about ritual child abuse, who called himself an incel.

He shot dead 10 people at two shisha bars in Hanau near Frankfurt in February last year before killing his mother and committing suicide.

Oliver Bel (pictured), 24, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, had said he wanted to ‘go ER’ – a reference to Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in California, and is seen as an inspiration for the ‘Incel’ movement

When officers raided the Driouch family home, they found the ammonium nitrate in the garden shed and found he had also stockpiled 3 litres of sulphuric acid, 1kg of potassium nitrate and 8 kg of urea.

In his bedroom they found three large knives, and elsewhere in the house was a crossbow, ball bearings, arrow heads and a pressure cooker – an item which could be turned into a bomb.

He had written instructions in a Spiderman notebook about shrapnel for a bomb that listed ball bearings, arrow heads and hex nuts.

Driouich refused to give the PIN code for his Apple iPhone, but when forensic experts broke into it they found he had downloaded a series of bomb manuals.

One note, created on the phone in April 2019, listed weapons, body armour and tactical equipment, with prices and was accessed by the password, ‘Killer.’

Another note, created six days before his purchase of ammonium nitrate, listed the ingredients, the amounts and the proportions of other chemicals to turn it into a bomb.

In one Facebook message from March 31, Driouich and a friend discussed their perceived hardships in life and Driouich said he wanted to end it all.

Driouich stated: ‘It’s f**king humiliating I have no hope with girls man I might aswell be a ghost to them its pathetic.

‘It feels like there is hardly any point trying now…I want to massacre this place man. I wouldn’t even feel sorry for anyone.

‘I know I’m a cold hearted sob [son of a b****h] and I just can’t help it I have so much anger built up in me.’

His internet browsing history showed Driouich had accessed a website named incels.co on the day before his arrest, and viewed a post with the title: ‘Could be another ER coming up soon.’

The ‘involuntarily celibate’ online subculture became violent when Elliot Rodger stabbed dead three and shot another three fellow students at the University of California before killing himself in May 2014.

The ‘involuntarily celibate’ online subculture became violent when Elliot Rodger (pictured) stabbed dead three and shot another three fellow students at the University of California before killing himself in May 2014

Rodger left behind a 137-page’manifesto’ and a Youtube video revealing that he carried out the attack because he could not secure a relationship with a woman, which in turn led to his hatred for those who were in relationships.

The post included a reference ‘thots’ – a woman who has many sexual encounters – who would ‘meet their impending doom on the morrow, their degeneracy will be their death, and I’ll make sure to amp up the number of victims up to at least one hundred.’

Sentencing him to 20 months in jail, Judge Anthony Leonard QC, said the material Driouich had collected was ‘terrifying in nature and extent’.

Driouch was born to a Muslim father from Morocco, who worked as a property developer, and a mother who was a Jehovah’s Witness.

He argued he settled on viewing violent imagery as way of ‘relieving emotional pain and intrusive thoughts.’

He said he had been bullied severely for not fitting in within Middleborough because of his heritage and when the family moved to Deptford in London, he struggled to fit in because of his northern roots.

He also suffered throughout his childhood and teenage years from chronic and debilitating eczma, and felt physically underdeveloped compared to his classmates.

When a friend committed suicide, that was said to be the final straw that caused Driouiche to begin to unravel.

In December 2018 he referred himself to mental health services in Middlesborough and gave a ‘full and frank account’ that he was experiencing intrusive thoughts of violence to others.

In March 2019 he made an attempt to commit suicide by tying a ligature round his neck.

In May 2018, Oliver Bel wrote to a contact: ‘I just want to go on a killing spree’ and later repeated a similar comment.

Bel described himself as a Nazi and also had a ‘general interest in extreme violence, both political and otherwise.’

He was identified as a member of the far right Iron March forum in a leak of its membership list online by an anti-fascist hacker.

Police officers from Counter-Terrorism Policing North West went to Bel’s home on Old Eccles Road in Salford to conduct a search in November 2019.

At the end of the search, the list of items taken was read to Bel, who interrupted, saying: ‘I’ve got more extremist material than that. I’ve got the Anarchist Cookbook on my bedroom shelf.’

The book included instructions on how to create improvised explosive devices and the use of firearms and other weapons.

Bel was living in his late grandmother’s flat in Salford, Greater Manchester, and claimed he had turned down a job at Morgan Stanley, surviving instead by renting a room out, tutoring and benefits.

He had passed, maths, further maths and physics with three A stars at A-level but struggled through Cambridge and repeated his second year, leaving with a third class degree.

He returned to Manchester and began a course of anti-depressants and a psychiatrist saw him again in August 2016 and diagnosed him with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Bel was said to be ‘pedantic and logical’, to talk about ‘subjects of interest to himself’ and to have ‘difficulty in understanding emotions of others.’

He had ‘intense but restricted interests’ including mathematics and cosmology, and an obsession with fences and would look at catalogues and draw them repeatedly when young.

Bel also had a number of obsessional anxieties, including diet and healthy eating and a fear of contamination, particularly swallowing flies, carrying an insect ‘zapper’ with him.

He had an urge to say ‘one, two, three’, made repetitive movements and had to open a carton of Ribena in a certain way.

He would organise things in his room precisely in straight lines and his mother had to close the door to his room slowly to avoid moving things which would cause distress.

Sentencing him to two years in jail, Judge Alan Conrad, said many of his postings are ‘truly hateful and worrying.’

‘Your pronouncements were abhorrent to all right-thinking people, as were the vile images that you kept on your mobile telephone,’ he added.

‘It is profoundly dispiriting to see a young man such as yourself, blessed with high intelligence, whose heart is filled with so much hatred for all manner of people who have done you no harm and who pose no threat to you.’

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