Family of Plymouth victim says ‘world turned upside down in the blink of an eye’

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The family of Plymouth shooting victim Stephen Washington said their world had been "turned upside down in the blink of an eye" after he was gunned down by evil Jake Davison.

Six people died and "several" other casualties received treatment after the 'serious and tragic' incident unfolded on Thursday.

The family statement paying tribute to Stephen Washington said his widow had described him as her "soulmate".

Devoted wife Sheila described Stephen as her soulmate and said: 'Fly high, you've earnt your angel wings'."

The statement added: "We request that our family is left alone to grieve the loss of Stephen in private. We trust that this is respected."

The first victim killed was Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, aged 51, who was the mother of the offender.

Other victims include Sophie Martyn, aged three, and her father Lee Martyn, aged 43.

Stephen was the tragically targeted next by the offender as he continued his vile killing spree.

The final deceased person was Kate Shepherd, aged 66, who was injured at the scene and died at Derriford Hospital.

The offender then took his own live at Henderson Place.

Local MP Luke Pollard Tweeted just before 1am on Friday: "I’m utterly devastated that one of the people killed in the #keyham shooting was a child under ten years old."

Witnesses have described seeing the man fire a gun towards a young mum and her daughter, who has been said could be as young as five years old.

In a police statement on Thursday, a spokesperson said: "Police were called to a serious firearms incident in Biddick Drive, in the Keyham area of Plymouth at around 6.10pm on Thursday.

"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 officers.

"Devon & Cornwall Police would stress this is not a terrorism-related incident."

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