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13 August 2021

Young girl was random second victim of rampaging gunman who killed five people in six-minute shooting spree

13 August 2021

A gunman killed five people including a “very young girl” in a six-minute shooting spree in Plymouth before turning the weapon on himself, police have confirmed.

Jake Davison, 22, shot and killed a woman at a property in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area, before going outside and “immediately” shooting dead the girl and a male relative.

In what Devon and Cornwall Police called a “truly shocking event”, Davison, using what was described as a “pump action shotgun”, shot and killed another man in nearby parkland.

After shooting and fatally injuring another woman in Henderson Place, Davison turned the weapon on himself, the force said.

Armed and unarmed officers arrived at the scene within six minutes of receiving multiple calls from the public, but Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said Davison had shot himself before they were able to engage with him.

At a press conference in Plymouth on Friday, he said Davison also shot two other local residents in Biddick Drive who are being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Mr Sawyer said a firearm – described by witnesses as a pump action shotgun – was recovered from the scene.

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.

Jake Davison killed five people in Plymouth in a six-minute shooting spree before turning the gun on himself, police confirmed (YouTube/PA) (PA Media)

“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 will be made public at a later time.

The chief constable also praised the response of the emergency services and locals, adding: “The community of Plymouth is strong.”

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

Mr Sawyer confirmed Davison was a firearms licence holder and said “no motive” has been identified at present.

He added: “We are not considering terrorism or a relationship with any far-right group.”

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