Five killed in Plymouth shooting named by police, including gunman’s mother Maxine Davison – as it happened

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Man suspected of killing five people, including a child, before turning a gun on himself named as Jake Davison

A summary of today's developments

  • The people killed during Thursday’s shootings in Plymouth have been named by police. They are 51-year-old Maxine Davison, the shooter’s mother, who was also known as Maxine Chapman; three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her 43-year-old father Lee Martyn; as well as 59-year-old Stephen Washington; and 66-year old Kate Shepherd.
  • The atrocity was carried out by a man named by Devon and Cornwall police as Jake Davison, 22.
  • Parts of the incident happened in front of other members of the public.
  • A weapon has been recovered, described by witnesses as a “pump-action shotgun”.
  • The crime scene stretches to 13 separate sites.
  • Police are examining the hard drive and social media activity of the shooter, who posted on a YouTube channel and was active in the “incel” subculture. Many of his social media accounts have now been taken down.


Plymouth City Council said a minute’s silence will be held for the victims at 11am on Monday.

This is one of a series of tributes that will be made, the council said.

In a statement, it said books of condolence are available for the public to sign at several locations, including two churches and Ford Primary School in Cambridge Road.

A civic service led by the Bishop of Plymouth will be held at the Minster Church of St Andrew on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) regional director, David Ford, confirmed a mandatory referral had been received from Devon and Cornwall police on Friday morning, relating to Thursday’s events in Plymouth as well as “police contact with Jake Davison prior to the incident”.

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

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.”

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


The Independent Office for Police Conduct said it will investigate Devon and Cornwall police over Plymouth shooter Jake Davison’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate, which were returned to him last month after being removed in September 2020 following an allegation of assault, PA reports.


Boris Johnson has said the issue of vetting for gun licences and how the Plymouth gunman came to legally own a weapon should be “properly investigated”.

Asked if he was concerned about vetting processes that allowed Jake Davison to own the gun he used in his shooting spree, Johnson said: “Without prejudging the investigation into what happened in Plymouth, I think that what I can say at this stage is my thoughts are very much with the families of all those who have tragically lost their lives in an absolutely appalling incident.

“The point you raise is a valid one but it needs to be properly investigated and gone into.

“And I think I would just pay tribute to the police and emergency services for the speed and the promptness with which they handled it.”

Asked about online misogyny, the prime minister added: “This has just been drawn to my attention, I’m sure that will be something that, I’m appalled by it clearly, but I think this is something that will undoubtedly be part of the investigation and I think we should leave it to them.”


Neighbours paid tribute to Stephen Washington, a carer, who is understood to have been shot as he walked his dogs.

One neighbour said: “The Washingtons are a lovely family. He dotes on his two dogs.”

Washington lived in a street a few minutes’ walk from the park where he was shot.


Holliday, who works as an intern at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, added she “literally clung underneath one of the pool tables for dear life”.

She said: “I heard gunshots but I thought they were fireworks.

“My brain didn’t even conceive the idea they were gunshots. I headed up the road following the crowd of people and it was just violence, sheer violence.

“A couple of the gunshots went off and I ran opposite a pub and the owner came out and he shouted at me ‘get in here, get in here now’.”


A woman has described how she hid under a pool table after seeing Jake Davison during his shooting spree.

Peggy Holliday had just finished having a tattoo in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday and was walking to a shop when she heard screaming.

She told ITV News West Country: “There was an incident that unfolded in front of me. I couldn’t quite register the shooter’s face.

“I think my brain was in panic. It all just happened so quickly. I was in complete flight mode. People were terrified.

“It was like a living nightmare, like something you see out of the movies. It’s something I will never be able to forget.”


A planned arts event in Plymouth this weekend has been cancelled as a mark of respect following the shootings.

The Hatchling - a dragon puppet taller than a double-decker - was expected to emerge from an egg and explore the city’s streets before flying off towards the coast.

In a joint statement, producers Trigger, Plymouth city council and Arts Council England said: “Following the tragic incident in Keyham on Thursday evening, the thoughts of Plymouth City Council and Trigger are with the people of Plymouth and all those affected by this awful event.

We have been reflecting today on the best way for us as a partnership to respond to this situation and have decided, with the full support of Arts Council England, that as a mark of respect to the community and families involved, we will not go ahead with the planned performance of The Hatchling this weekend.

“We understand that this will be disappointing for the many performers and community groups that have been involved in creating The Hatchling and those planning to greet her, and are discussing opportunities to bring the performance to the city when it is appropriate.”


Jake Davison’s mother Maxine was in Plymouth and was from a large family.

Neighbours said Jake has a brother and a sister.

Maxine is also said to have spent time growing in the Shetland Islands before returning to her home city.

Friends said she had recently recovered from cancer.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, said the issue of how the Plymouth attacker, Jake Davison, came to legally own a gun should be “properly investigated”.

He described the shooting as an “absolutely appalling” incident.


It is believed Lee Martyn and his daughter Sophie had been returning home from a walk when they were shot.

Martyn’s wife, Becky, is an intensive care nurse at Derriford Hospital, in Plymouth. The family has one other child.

One neighbour said: “It’s so awful. They were a perfect family. The sort you see in adverts. I can’t believe this has happened. And Sophie was just the sweetest, cutest, little girl. So, so lovely.

“This is absolutely devastating. Davison destroyed something so beautiful when he killed Lee and Sophie.”

• This post was amended on 14 August 2021 to remove personal information that was not relevant to the story.


Five shooting victims named

The people killed during Thursday’s shootings in Plymouth have been named by police.

They are 51-year-old Maxine Davison, the shooter’s mother who was also known as Maxine Chapman, three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her 43-year-old father Lee Martyn, as well as 59-year-old Stephen Washington and 66-year old Kate Shepherd.

Devon and Cornwall police can now confirmed their identities and said they all lived locally in the Keyham area of the city. The force said:

As previously said by Devon and Cornwall police, the firearm believed to have been used during the incident was legally held by the offender. The circumstances surrounding that have now been subject to a mandatory referral to the IOPC by Devon and Cornwall police.

Police continue to investigate 13 scenes within the cordon in Keyham which is expected to remain in place throughout much of the weekend.

Anyone feeling vulnerable or wanting support can contact the Victim Support’s National Helpline on 0808 1689 111.

Anyone with specific information regarding this incident can contact 01752 487880.



We’re going to pause this live blog now and return to it if there are any major updates later this evening. Here’s a summary of the latest developments:

  • Five people were killed and two wounded by a gunman in Plymouth on Thursday evening.
  • A 51-year-old woman, who police believe was known to the killer, was shot dead in a house. A three-year-old child and her 43-year-old male relative were shot outside immediately afterwards.
  • Two further victims were a man, 59, shot in parkland nearby, and a woman, 66, killed at Henderson Place, while two more people were left with life-altering, though not life-threatening injuries.
  • The killer then turned the gun on himself, before police could intervene. None of his victims has been identified by police, though one has been named locally as the shooter’s mother, Maxine.
  • Parts of the incident happened in front of other members of the public.
  • A weapon has been recovered, described by witnesses as a “pump-action shotgun”.
  • The killer had a firearms licence and police have said they do not yet have reason to believe he was linked to any terrorist organisation.
  • The crime scene stretches to 13 separate sites.
  • Police are examining the hard drive and social media activity of the shooter, who posted on a YouTube channel and was active in the “incel” subculture. Many of his social media accounts have now been taken down.
  • The atrocity was carried out by a man named by Devon and Cornwall police as Jake Davison, 22.
Police officers and forensics at the scene.
Police officers and forensics at the scene. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian


Labour’s Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has urged people in the local community to come together for a candlelit vigil at 9pm on Friday in North Down Crescent Park, in Keyham, to pay tribute to the victims of Thursday’s mass shooting. He said:

Today’s been another really grim and difficult day ... it’s important that the community comes together.

Keyham is an incredible community, I know that communities, not only in Keyham, but neighbouring in North Prospect, Ford and Stoke and Devonport will want to pay their respects as well ... this park is big enough for us all.

There will be no speeches, it will just be a moment for us to come together as a community for a quiet moment of reflection after a really grim and hideous 24 hours for our community.

Pollard urged those attending to bring a candle, adding if they do not have one “your mobile phone light will do as well”.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, pictured outside Ford Primary School in Plymouth, which has opened its doors to grieving locals.
Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, pictured outside Ford Primary School in Plymouth, which has opened its doors to grieving locals. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian


The Devon and Cornwall police chief constable, Shaun Sawyer, and the region’s police and crime commissioner, Alison Hernandez, have visited Biddick Drive to speak to officers at the scene.

More than two dozen floral tributes have been left outside a Lidl supermarket close to where the shootings happened. Among them were bouquets from civic leaders. The lord mayor of Plymouth, Terri Beer, wrote:

My deepest sympathy goes out to the families, friends and loved ones of those from our community who have been lost, injured and touched by this tragic event.

Nick Kelly, the leader of Plymouth city council, wrote:

Such a tragic loss of lives, you will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes to the families and loved ones at this sad time.

Another tribute said:

Rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers with you all. A tragic loss. Such beautiful souls. Love to all.

Another wrote:

My thoughts and prayers are with the families experiencing this tragic time. Love to all.


One of the victims has been named as the shooter’s mother, Maxine. Davison frequently spoke of his hatred for his mother in recent posts online. He described her as “my vile dysfunctional chaotic mother” and the only woman he had any social contact with. He also alluded to a financial dispute with her over benefit money he felt he was owed because he claimed he had autism.


Police have said they are keeping an open mind on the motive for the killings. A neighbour and friend of the Davison family has said the shooter had fallen out with his mother and that they argued about his misogynist views. The neighbour said:

Maxine and Jake used to be close. You’d always see him helping her with the shopping at Lidl but they started to clash a lot. Jake was very quiet growing up. He was a troubled soul. He got into guns and he knew everything there was to know about them.

The chief constable of Devon and Cornwall police Shaun Sawyer has told Sky News:

We’ve never in my time had homicide followed by a rampaging firearms attack on random members of the public and then taking one’s life. That is without precedent in my time as chief constable.

He described the shootings as “truly shocking” and said they had been witnessed by members of the public, who he urged to seek support.

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 extraordinarily tragic circumstances.

Forensic officers in protective clothing could be seen conducting fingertip searches at the scene, while a coroner’s ambulance was filmed leaving the area. A large yellow tent was set up in the area, with several uniformed officers posted around the cordon.

Gill Marshall-Andrews, the chair of the Gun Control Network (GCN), a nonprofit organisation set up in 1996 after the Dunblane tragedy, has said:

The tragedies of multiple shootings, both in this country and internationally, are almost always committed by men with legally held guns. Hungerford, Dunblane, Cumbria, Horden – these were all awful killings perpetrated by firearms licence holders. And now this horrible incident in Plymouth is added to this list.

For years, GCN has been seeking information about the legal status of guns used in crime. The shooting lobby maintains the myth that licensed gun owners are law-abiding and reliable members of their communities. Most of them may be. But what is clear is that the more guns there are in circulation the greater the chance of an atrocity like this one in Plymouth.

We are much more likely to be attacked and killed by someone we know with a legal gun than by a terrorist we don’t know and we need much more oversight of gun owners in this country.


A spokesperson for Babcock International has confirmed Jake Davison had been an apprentice with the defence and security company since August 2020.

Davison’s Facebook profile had listed him as working for the company, which is based in Plymouth.

Police have confirmed gunman Jake Davison was a licensed firearm holder, but it is not yet known whether that gun was used.

The UK has some of the toughest restrictions on firearms ownership in the world – here is a look at how authorities determine who can get a licence.


Facebook accounts belonging to the gunman, Jake Davison, have been deleted, the social network has confirmed.

A spokesperson for the company said the 22-year-old’s presence had been removed from their platforms under its dangerous individuals and organisations policy, which does not allow mass murderers to be on Facebook or Instagram.

It follows the termination of Davison’s YouTube account.


What we know so far

Five people were killed and two wounded by a gunman who then killed himself in Plymouth on Thursday evening. Here is what we know so far about the incident:

  • A three-year-old girl was among the victims during the six-minute incident in Keyham, in Plymouth.
  • The first victim was a 51-year-old woman, who was known to the killer, with police saying they were investigating whether they had a familial relationship.
  • The shooter 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.
  • The killer then turned the gun on himself, before police could intervene. None of his victims has been identified by police.
  • In between, a 33-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman were shot. They survived and remain in hospital being treated for their injuries, which are thought to be life-altering, but not 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”.
  • The killer had a firearms licence and police have said they do not yet have reason to believe he was linked to any terrorist organisation.
  • The crime scene stretches to 13 separate sites.
  • Police are examining the hard drive and social media activity of the shooter, who posted on a YouTube channel and was active in the “incel” subculture.
  • The atrocity was carried out by a man named by Devon and Cornwall police as Jake Davison, 22.


A YouTube account belonging to the Plymouth shooting suspect has now been terminated from the platform for violating its offline behaviour policy, the company has said.

The Google-owned video-sharing site claimed it works quickly to remove videos that breach its policies once flagged. YouTube rules prohibit content that incites violence, including encouraging others to go to a particular place to commit violence or to perform violence at a particular time, the firm said.


Here is a timeline of the 12-minute gun attack:

  • At 6.11pm on Thursday, Jake Davison, dressed in black, bursts into a house in Biddick Drive, Plymouth, and opens fire on a female relative with what is believed to be a legally held pump-action shotgun.
  • Police receive multiple calls that shots have been fired at the address. Police, including armed officers, are scrambled to the scene. They arrive at 6.17pm.
  • After leaving the relative’s house, Davison walks back out on to Biddick Drive and shoots dead a three-year-old girl and her male relative. He also shoots and injures a man and a woman, who receive significant and life-changing injuries.
  • Davison then begins walking through a narrow park where he shoots dead a man.
  • Davison emerges from the park on to another residential road, Henderson Place. He turns left and shoots a woman close to a hair salon named Blush. According to some witnesses, she had just walked out of the salon.
  • The gunman then turns his weapon on himself, killing himself at 6.23pm as armed offices close in on him. It is not clear if he knew any of the six people he shot outdoors, but he is not believed to have been related to any of them.
Police at Henderson Place, near the scene.
Police at Henderson Place, near the scene. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian


The lack of a security minister has not made it more difficult for the government to keep a grasp on developing issues, such as the killings that happened in Plymouth, the home secretary has claimed.

James Brokenshire resigned from the post on 7 July after a resurgence of lung cancer, an illness he was first diagnosed with two years ago. But, asked if the failure to replace him had had an effect, Priti Patel has told broadcasters:

I would say that that is absolutely not the case. I am the home secretary and I oversee these security issues, and I have been doing that throughout.

That is nothing to do in relation with the comment you have made.

I’ve been kept fully updated and on all issues, all incidences, including those types of issues and incidences that don’t even reach the public awareness and consciousness.

I’m fully sighted and fully aware of everything that goes on.


David Ford, a regional director at the Independent Office for Police Conduct, has 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.


The online activity of the shooter and the firearm he used were being looked into as part of the investigation, Patel said. The 22-year-old killer had discussed the misogynistic “incel” movement online and had “liked” a series of videos about guns on social media.

The home secretary, asked by broadcasters whether the government and police forces were doing enough to combat online extremism, said:

The whole issue of online activity and incitement of extremism is an enormous issue, and is something the government is actually working on already in legislation that is forthcoming this autumn.

I think, importantly, we should also put this into the context of what has happened overnight.

We have to look at further details. The investigations by the police will obviously give us more information through the intelligence as to what has happened.

I am very clear about this: We will always learn lessons from incidences, terrible tragic events like this – particularly where there are key factors, online activity for example, and you’ve already touched on another aspect such as the firearm itself.

We need to find out the facts, let’s establish the facts behind this and, of course, we will work to do everything to make sure that if there are issues with the online space, post this incident we will look to follow that up.


Murdered child was three years old

Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed that the “very young girl” killed in Plymouth was three years old.

The force said the first victim was a 51-year-old woman known to the shooter.

The other victims included a 43-year-old man who was related to the girl, a 59-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman who died later at Derriford hospital

The two people injured by Davison who are still being treated in hospital are a 53-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man who are known to each other, the force said.


The home secretary has said questions will “inevitably” be asked following the killing of five people in Plymouth on Thursday. Speaking to broadcasters, Priti Patel said:

There are a lot of issues, implications, lives have been lost, people have been murdered.

This is absolutely tragic and devastating, and for the entire community right now this will be deeply shocking, so obviously that’s where the focus is.

There will be a range of questions that will inevitably be asked and I will be doing the same for the conversations and discussions I’ll be having with the chief constable.


The mass shooting in Plymouth is the first in Britain for more than a decade.

The incident on Thursday in which five people were killed by a man who then shot himself is said to be the first involving an active shooter for 11 years.

In 2010, 12 people were killed by a taxi driver in Cumbria, who also injured 11 others before taking his own life.

Still described as one of the deadliest mass shootings in British history is the Dunblane massacre in March 1996, when 16 pupils and a teacher were shot dead at a Scottish primary school and 15 others were injured by a man who also killed himself.

Prior to that there was the Hungerford massacre, a series of random shootings in the Berkshire town in August 1987, when a 27-year-old man shot dead 16 people, including an unarmed police officer and his own mother, before shooting himself.

Mass shootings tend to be defined as involving multiple targets and locations and are generally thought to involve three or more fatalities, not including the gunman.

In 2010, another high-profile shooting prompted a Northumbria police manhunt. A man shot his ex and murdered her new partner with a shotgun, before going on the run and shooting at a police constable, leaving him blind.

The killer shot himself after being cornered by armed police while negotiators tried to get him to put down his weapon.


The bishop of Plymouth has said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been injured or bereaved by this terrible shooting in Plymouth. It is horrific to think of it happening in our own city.

St Thomas church in Keyham and St Mark’s church in Ford are open for anyone who would like somewhere to pray and reflect and someone to talk to. We stand with the community of Keyham.

We are working alongside other local organisations and will continue to offer whatever pastoral and practical support we can.

We think of Jesus weeping over the city of Jerusalem and the way in which God himself feels our pain and takes it on himself. We weep with those who weep.


Police have said they are not yet able to confirm a motive for the shootings and are keeping an open mind. The anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate has said that, while the shooter was clear about his support for politicians including Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, it sees no political motive.

They said the shooter was “plugged in” to the incel subculture, though he claimed not to fully identify with it. A spokesperson said:

While it is too soon to say what motivated this man to commit murder, we do know that the incel ideology can be dangerous and radicalising. It is built on misogyny and a twisted, desperate world view.

We do not know what motivated this horrendous incident. However, those who consume incel content have engaged in violent attacks. Whatever happened in Plymouth, the hatred of women – and the communities of men who engage in a celebration of that hatred online – must be taken seriously, in schools, by social media firms and by government.


Police have described the incident as “domestically related” and say it then “spilled out on to the street”.

They say there are 13 crime scenes and they may search other addresses, though they have not yet identified any of interest.

They say they will reveal more about the shooter and his motive once they have examined his computers and social media output. Davison appeared online discussing the extremist, misogynistic “incel” movement shortly beforehand.

For clarity, Sawyer said five were killed and two were wounded.


'Very young girl' among those shot dead, police say

Officers have confirmed that a woman was shot dead at an address they are declining to reveal. Chief constable Shaun Sawyer says they are looking into reports she was related to the shooter and confirms they were at least known to each other.

The shooter then went out on to Biddick Drive and shot dead a “very young girl” and her male relative.

Within a “matter of minutes” he went on to shoot a couple – who are not thought to be in a life-threatening condition – before killing another man and woman. Sawyer said the murder weapon has been described as a “pump-action shotgun”, though they are not yet ready to describe it as such.

He said officers responded within about six minutes but it took several hours to determine that the shooter acted alone and that it was not an ongoing terror attack. He added that the shooter killed himself before firearms officers could engage him.

The shooter was a firearms licence holder, Sawyer said. But he said officers were not yet ready to confirm whether or not the weapon used was the one he was licensed to own.

Sawyer said police do not consider it a terror attack and are not looking at any far-right links at the moment, though they are keeping an open mind and are in liaison with Scotland Yard and counter-terrorism command. He says the shooter knew people in the area, though they can’t say whether or not he knew and targeted the other people he shot.

Officers have asked people who witnessed the incident and are feeling distressed to call 0808 1689 111

Sawyer named the shooter as Jake Davison, aged 22.


There is a deep sense of shock and sadness following the shootings, the bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, has said.

I offer my support and prayers for all those who were killed, and for their loved ones at this tragic time. Let us pray in our churches this weekend for all those affected and for the people of Plymouth.


The leader of Plymouth city council has said nothing in his “living memory” compares with the shooting on Thursday night. Nick Kelly told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he will wait for police to give further details. But he added:

What we do know though is, tragically, six people have lost their lives. Although we are a major city, we just don’t have crime, and certainly nothing like this in my living memory has ever happened in our city.

He said that the city is “waking up to the reality that we have got six people who have tragically lost their lives last night”.

Kelly also said the council would help to support people who may have witnessed the shooting and the aftermath.

Anybody witnessing that, we want to give the relevant support now and in the near future because, as I say, this just does not happen, thankfully, in our country but certainly not in Plymouth, so we are deeply shocked, upset, and we are in a state of mourning in Plymouth.


Concern is also being expressed for the welfare of the police officers who responded to the call last night. Andy Berry, the chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, has said:

The thoughts of all colleagues in Devon and Cornwall police are with the loved ones of all those killed and affected by this terrible incident in Plymouth.

As they do every day, our colleagues headed swiftly towards the unknown when the call came in with the intention of keeping people safe and using their life-saving skills to try and prevent any further tragedy.

Police officers are not immune to the trauma they sadly witness. As a federation, we will be available for officers in need of welfare support following the aftermath of this terrible incident and would encourage any colleagues to please get in touch should they need it.

Here’s the official line from the police:

Following attendance at the scene, two females and two males were deceased at the scene.

A further male, believed to be the offender, was also deceased at the scene. All are believed to have died from gunshot wounds. Another female treated at the scene for gunshot wounds died a short time later in hospital.

The spokesperson said the area had been cordoned off and added that police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Members of the public with mobile phone footage were urged not to post it on social media platforms and “respect those families who have lost loved ones”, he said.


David Lockwood, the chief executive of Babcock International, where the suspected shooter is believed to have worked, has expressed his sadness at the incident. He said:

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded overnight in Plymouth and the deaths of six people. Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and families of those involved in this tragedy. We stand with the city at this difficult time.

As one of the largest employers in Plymouth, we are providing support and help for any of our colleagues who feel affected by this incident.


What we know so far

This is a useful piece from PA Media on what we know so far about the shootings.

  • Devon and Cornwall police said they received reports of a “serious firearms incident” in Biddick Drive, Keyham, at about 6.10pm.
  • The South Western ambulance service said hazardous area response teams, several ambulances, air ambulances, doctors and senior paramedics were sent to the scene.
  • Two females and two males were found dead at the scene and a third woman, who was treated at the scene with gunshot wounds, later died in hospital.
  • One of those killed was a “small child” aged under 10, according to the local Labour MP Luke Pollard.
  • Pollard said several people were receiving treatment in hospital, although they did not confirm the number.
  • Detectives said 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.

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.

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 13, 2021

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.

— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) August 12, 2021
Map showing the area of Plymouth in which the shootings occurred.
The shootings happened in the Keyham area of Plymouth
  • The suspected gunman was also found dead.


City 'in mourning' after five killed by shooter

Five people have been killed in a shooting in Plymouth. Two females and two males died at the scene in the Keyham area of the city, while another female was treated for gunshot wounds and later died in hospital. One of the victims was a child aged younger than 10, according to an MP.

Nick Kelly, a local councillor, said he was “shocked and saddened” and that the city was in mourning.

Another male, believed to have been the offender, was also found dead, having apparently turned the gun on himself, Devon and Cornwall police have said. He was named by multiple sources on social media as Jake Davison.

The force said next of kin had been informed and it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, which it confirmed was not terror-related.

Social media profiles suggest the shooter worked at Babcock International, which has a significant presence near the city at the dockyards in Devonport. Social media posts from about 2018 also suggest he was a fan of the former US president Donald Trump and a supporter of the UK Libertarian party. He also recently shared his struggles in keeping fit and his difficulties using weights to stay in shape.


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