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 at two residents – a man aged 33 and a 53-year-old woman.
Both received significant injuries that are not currently believed to be life-threatening.
Davison then entered a nearby park, where he killed a man, aged 59, before shooting a woman, aged 66, on Henderson Place. She later died in Derriford Hospital, police said.
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Davison was reported dead at 6.23pm, just minutes after police were alerted at 6.11pm.
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.
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.
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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.
Speaking to Sky News Chief Constable Sawyer added: “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.”
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He described the shootings as “truly shocking” and said they had been witnessed by members of the public, who he urged to seek support.
He 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 were fired in a six-minute period before Davidson turned the gun on himself and before officers were able to engage with him. Police are now collecting evidence across multiple crime scenes, the chief constable added.
“There are some 13 scenes and potentially more scenes,” he said.
“There are therefore five people of Plymouth who have lost their lives overnight – and Mr Davison himself – including a particularly young child.”
He added that the victims’ identities would be made public at a later time.
Police confirmed all of those involved died from 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”.
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.
He also said he couldn’t comment “at this time” whether Davison had mental health issues, but added: “This is an extraordinarily unusual response by a fellow human being.”
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”.
On Friday afternoon Chief Constable Sawyer and Alison Hernandez, the region’s police and crime commissioner, visited Biddick Close 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.
Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor 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.”
Councillor Nick Kelly, 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.”
Plymouth City Council confirmed that flags in the city were flying at half-mast, while Smeaton’s Tower will be lit on Friday night as a mark of respect for the victims.
The council is working with police and organisations including Livewell,