Where is Keyham and what happened in Plymouth?

PLYMOUTH City Council's leader has said nothing in his "living memory" compares with the mass shooting on August 12.

Nick Kelly said: "Tragically, six people have lost their lives… so we are deeply shocked, upset, and we are in a state of mourning in Plymouth."


Where is Keyham?

Keyham is located about two miles from Plymouth's city centre.

The area is also close to the River Tamar, and the dockyard.

Keyham "is a really tight-knit community", says Plymouth MP Luke Pollard.

What happened in Plymouth?

Five people and a suspected gunman died in an "unspeakably grim" shooting in Plymouth on Thursday August 12, 2021.

Devon and Cornwall Police said three females, two males and the suspect died in the Keyham area of the city.

One of those killed was a "small child" aged under 10, according to local MP Luke Pollard.

He added that people were receiving treatment in hospital, though police have yet to confirm the final figure of those injured.

Cops said all six people were believed to have died from gunshot wounds and stressed that the incident was not terror-related.

In a statement, the force said officers were called to a "serious firearms incident" in Biddick Drive at around 6.10pm.

"Following attendance at the scene, two females and two males were deceased at the scene," a spokesman said.

"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."

The spokesman said the area had been cordoned off and added that police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Who is gunman Jake Davison?

The gunman suspected of killing five people in Plymouth before shooting himself dead has been named as Jake Davison, 23.

While he has been mentioned locally in alleged connection to the mass murder, his identity has not as yet been confirmed by the police.

He rampaged through Biddick Drive, picking off locals at random as he made his way to a nearby park.

After randomly firing at terrified passers-by, he then turned the gun on himself following the bloodbath.

Sharron Turner, 57, 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.

Crane operator

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.

Plymouth MP Luke Pollard told Times Radio on Friday: "This is utterly grim news we are waking up to today, the entire community is devastated at the brutality of this attack.

"Keyham is a really tight-knit community – it is the type of place you know your neighbour and look out for one another.

"The news that potentially one of the victims is a small child is equally devastating."

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