What we know so far about the mass shooting in Plymouth
– Locals say trainee crane operator Jake Davison, 23, carried out the attack yesterday evening;
– 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 ‘small child’ aged under 10, according to local MP Luke Pollard. Locals say she was five;
– Mr 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 five-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, five, 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, who was aged about five.
‘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.’
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
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.’
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
A police officer patrols the area with a sniffer dog as emergency crews arrive to Biddick Drive in North Prospect just after 6pm
Police put a tent up in the area and a cordons is put in place around a block of flats to prevent pedestrians accessing the area
The Hazardous Area Response Unit (HART), National Police Air Service and paramedics are at the scene
Members of the force and forensic teams descend upon the area as the region was placed under lockdown as emergency responded to the shooting
Police officer and emergency crews at the scene where the gunman who went on a shooting spree in Plymouth last night killed five people
Forensic teams carry out their investigations after the gunman went on a shooting spree in Plymouth last night
Elsewhere Alison Hernandez, police and crime commissioner for the area, said: ‘Aware of tonight’s tragic incident in Plymouth. Thank you to Devon and Cornwall Police for dealing with the situation. Thoughts with those directly affected and the City of Plymouth tonight.’
Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘Police were called to a serious firearms incident in Biddick Drive, in the Keyham area of Plymouth at around 6.10pm today [Thursday 12 August].
‘Officers and ambulance staff attended the scene.
‘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.
‘All of the next of kin of the deceased have been located and informed by Devon & Cornwall Police officers.
‘Devon & Cornwall Police would stress this is not a terrorism related incident.
‘The area has been cordoned off and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
‘Investigations are continuing into the incident and disruption to the road network in the Keyham will remain throughout the night.
‘Police continue to ask any members of the public with mobile phone footage of the immediate aftermath of the incident not to post this on social media platforms and to respect those families who have lost loved ones this evening.’
Earlier today, a South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 6.12pm to an ongoing incident in Plymouth.
‘We responded to the incident with a significant number of resources, including Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics. We will provide an update here in due course.’
Emergency crews were called to the area just after 6pm following reports of a ‘serious and tragic’ incident
A nearby school sports centre has been closed down and people are being told to stay indoors by police
A cordon remains in place on the road as officer and ambulance crew members remain at the scene of the attack
A nearby school sports centre has been closed down and people are being told to stay indoors by police.
Cordons have also been put in place around a block of flats to prevent pedestrians accessing the area.
And Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth has also been evacuated as a precaution.
The last active shooter incident was the Cumbria shootings on June 2, 2010, when taxi driver Derrick Bird went on the rampage in Whitehaven and the surrounding countryside, killing 12 people and injuring 11.
Other mass killings in the UK since then have involved explosives or knife attacks.