A three-year-old was among those shot dead by a gunman who killed four other people in Plymouth before shooting himself, police have said.

Jake Davison, 22, first shot dead a 51-year-old woman on Biddick Drive in Keyham on Thursday evening.

He then killed the girl and a 43-year-old male relative in the same road, before shooting a 59-year-old man, and a 66-year-old woman who later died in Derriford Hospital, police said.

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Image: The shooting took place in Keyham, Plymouth

Davison was reported dead at 6.23pm, just minutes after police were alerted at 6.11pm.

Two other people, a 53-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man who were known to each other, were injured in the attack and are being treated in hospital. Police said neither are seriously injured.

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said there were a “considerable” number of phone calls to emergency services and that police arrived at the scene within six minutes.

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Speaking at a press conference earlier, he said the first woman Davison killed was at an address on Biddick Drive and it was understood they had a familial relationship.

Davison then went outside where he shot the girl and her relative, before shooting dead another man in nearby parkland.

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

**DO NOT USE YET** Plymouth gunman Jake Davison killed himself and five others. Pic: Facebook
Image: Jake Davison is suspected to have killed himself and five others. Pic: Facebook

It’s not yet clear whether the suspect knew the rest of the victims, but Chief Constable Sawyer said Davison, who lived locally, “knew people on that street”.

“We believe we have an incident that is domestic-related and has spilled out into the street and seen several people within Plymouth losing their lives in an extraordinarily tragic circumstance,” he said.

Chief Constable Sawyer said Davison had a firearms licence in 2020, there was “no motive” at present, and the weapon – which witnesses described as a pump-action shotgun – was recovered from the scene.

“Multiple shots have been fired from a firearm during that six-minute-or-so period,” he continued.

“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.”

Davison turned the gun on himself before officers were able to engage with him, the chief constable said.

Polymouth Police presser
Image: Constable Shaun Sawyer said officers arrived at the scene within six minutes

He added that the victims’ identities would be made public at a later time.

Police confirmed all of those involved died from gunshot wounds.

Police activity in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth where six people, including the offender, died of gunshot wounds in a firearms incident Thursday evening. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.
Image: Police activity in Biddick Drive where six people, including the offender, died from gunshot wounds
A police investigator alongside uniformed officers in Royal Navy Avenue near the scene where six people died of gunshot wounds

Davison was named as the suspected gunman earlier today.

In videos shared online just weeks before the massacre, he spoke of being “beaten down” and “defeated by life”.

Davison, who posted on a YouTube channel under the name Professor Waffle, said he did not have “any willpower to do anything anymore” in a recording dated 28 July.

In several clips, he referred to the “incels” – an abbreviation online for “involutory celibacy”, the online subculture that involves men who are unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, often expressing hostility and extreme resentment towards those who are sexually active, particularly women.

Although saying he did not “clarify” himself as an “incel”, Davison talked about “people similar to me have had nothing but themselves”.

YouTube confirmed in a statement that the account on their platform run by Davison has now been terminated as it “violates our offline behaviour policy”.

Jake Davison repeatedly referred to "incels" in videos uploaded to YouTube
Image: Jake Davison repeatedly referred to ‘incels’ in videos uploaded to YouTube

Chief Constable Sawyer said police are “not considering terrorism or a relationship with any far-right group or any such other group” but will be investigating his computer hard drive.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, earlier confirmed on Twitter that one of the victims was a child under 10, and said he was “utterly devastated”.

South Western Ambulance Service said Hazardous Area Response Teams, multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics were sent to the scene along with police officers on Thursday evening.

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Police declared a “critical incident” but stressed the shooting was not terror-related and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with what happened.

The next of kin of those who died have been informed.

Neighbours reported hearing very loud gunshots and some members of the public told Sky News it sounded like a bomb was going off.

Forensic experts have been pictured carrying out investigations at the crime scene on Friday morning. They have been doing fingertip searches, bagging up evidence and taking pictures.

A police investigator carries a tripod and evidence markers in Royal Navy Avenue in the Keyham area of Plymouth
Image: A police investigator carries a tripod and evidence markers in Royal Navy Avenue in the Keyham area of Plymouth

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reacted to the news, saying his “thoughts are with the friends and family of those who lost their lives and with all those affected”.

He also thanked the emergency services for their response to the incident.

Home Secretary Priti Patel described the incident in the Devon city as “shocking” and said her thoughts were with all those affected.

She told reporters on Friday: “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.”

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth, Moor View, condemned the shooting as an “appalling act of violence” and told Sky News it will have “far-reaching effects throughout the community”.

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