How Keyham, Plymouth Gunman, Jake Davison Shot His Mom and Four Others

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  • shot four ransom residents of the area.
  • online video shows gunman complained about life
  • three year-old among casualties

The identity of the gunman who killed five people in Keyham in Plymouth has been revealed.

Jake Davison went on a rampage on Thursday evening around 6 pm on Biddick Drive with a shotgun returned to him by the police barely a month ago.

After killing his mom, Maxine Davison, 50, he turned his gun on random residents.

He first shot Lee Martyn, 40 and his three-year-old daughter, then killed Stephen Washington, 59, and shot Kate Shepherd, 66, who later died at Derriford Hospital.

According to reports, the shootout lasted about six minutes before Davidson turned the gun on himself.

Devon and Cornwall Police said all the victims were residents in the Keyham area of Plymouth.

A video that surfaced online showed Davison complaining how life has beaten and defeated him.

Witnesses described the gun used by Davison as a pump-action shotgun, but Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, said the gun was licensed.

The issue has attracted a reaction from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who demanded an investigation into how Davison came to legally own a gun.

Mr Johnson described the incident as “absolutely appalling”.

The Watchdog said the shotgun Davison used in the attack was returned to him last month after the police seized it in September 2020 following an assault allegation.

The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) said it would investigate Devon and Cornwall Police over the return of the shotgun and certificate.

The IOPC regional director, David Ford, said: “It has not yet been established whether the shotgun returned to Davison was used in yesterday’s shootings.”

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