PLYMOUTH residents have been left “absolutely devastated” after five people and a gunman died in an “unspeakably grim” shooting.
Police have confirmed that the shooter was Jake Davison.
Who was Jake Davison?
The gunman who killed five people in Plymouth on Thursday August 12 before shooting himself dead has officially been named as Jake Davison, 22.
At a press conference on Friday, Devon and Cornwall Police Ch Cons Shaun Sawyer said there were “multiple calls at 6.11pm to an address in Biddick Drive.
“It was later revealed that shots were being fired.
“Officers arrived at the scene within six minutes.
“It is our understanding and I confirm that the man known as Jake Davison, aged 22, had murdered a woman at an address in Biddick Drive using a firearm.
“Mr Davison then left that address, entered Biddick Drive, where he immediately shot and 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.”
I confirm Jake Davison, aged 22, murdered a woman at an address using a firearm.
Devon and Cornwall Police Ch Cons Shaun Sawyer
Sawyer added that further along Biddick Drive in Keyham, “he aimed and shot at two local residents – a man and a woman – who received significant… not life-threatening injuries.
“They are currently being treated at a local hospital and supported by specialist officers.
“Again there are witnesses to this. From there Mr Davison entered adjacent parkland, where he immediately shot a man who died at the scene.
“And thereafter he moved to Henderson Place, where he shot a woman, who despite the best endeavours of first-aiders at the scene, later died at Derriford Hospital.
“Eyewitnesses have told us that then Mr Davison turned the gun upon himself, taking his own life.
“They have described that firearm as a pump-action shotgun. I can confirm that a firearm has been retrieved from that scene, and will be forensically examined.
“We are not yet describing that as a pump-action firearm, but clearly multiple shots have been fired.
“There are some 13 scenes and potentially more scenes.”
Sharron, who lives nearby, said she heard shouting and saw a gunman dressed in black and grey, armed with a semi-automatic weapon.
She said he “kicked in” the front door of a semi-detached house and shot a young mother and her daughter.
Davison has today been revealed as a right-wing crane operator obsessed with American gun culture.
He also had a dark YouTube page where he rambled about his failed love life.
One source claimed that he was “shy and quiet and would talk about how cool Americans are and the idea of having a gun collection”.
Another local said she believed that his family had sought help for Davison, out of concern for his mental health.
A Facebook page for Davison claims he started working at defence and engineering giant Babcock International in April 2021.
Babcock focuses on submarines, ships and equipment, working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence at the firm’s docks in Devonport.
Plymouth’s ‘darkest night’
Thursday’s horror was the first “active shooter” rampage seen in the UK for 11 years since cabbie Derrick Bird murdered 12 people in Cumbria in June 2010.
Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed they are not treating the mass shooting as terror-related.
The force said: “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.”
PCSO Debbie Hollinson tweeted: “I’m up early ready to… help colleagues in whatever way I can after yesterday’s terrible incident in our city.
“Please be extra kind to each other today. There are families waking to unimaginable heartbreak and loss.”
The area’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, said: “Those who have witnessed absolute awful things yesterday, we’re by your side and my team will be down at Forde Park Primary School in Plymouth this morning if anyone wants any support.”
The scene remains cordoned off as forensic experts continue their investigative work.