Sick ‘incel’ shot own mum before targeting innocent victims including girl, 3

A sick self-confessed 'incel' shot dead his own mother before picking off innocent victims outside including a young three-year-old girl.

Mass shooter Jake Davison killed random strangers in the street with his shotgun before turning the weapon on himself during a tragic incident six months ago in Plymouth.

The police watchdog investigating how and why Davison had his confiscated pump-action shotgun returned to him by Devon and Cornwall Police has announced that it is “very close” to completing its inquiry into the shooting.

Davison’s gun rampage began at around 6pm on August 12, 2021, when he shot and killed his 51-year-old mother Maxine Davison during an argument.

Then, carrying the pump-action shotgun that police had confiscated the previous December after an assault allegation, he left their home at 17 Biddick Drive and began targeting random strangers.

He first targeted 3-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn, 43, who had been walking past the house in Keyham, near Plymouth docks, at the time.

Davison then shot at two other passers-by, badly injuring them, before entering a nearby park where he shot Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66. Mr Washington died at the scene and Ms Shepherd died later in hospital.

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One of the two people injured was 33-year-old Ben Parsonage, who had also survived the 2015 ISIS terrorist attack in Tunisia.

David Ford, regional director of the Independent Office for Police Conduct [IOPC], said yesterday, (Friday, February 10): "While we have completed the vast majority of our investigation, we need to await one further document, which we anticipate will be with our investigation team by the end of February, and this will be considered before we finalise our substantial report”.

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Following the attack, the IOPC has served a number of disciplinary notices on police staff and one officer.

The police officer responsible for investigating previous assaults committed by Davison was handed a misconduct notice, and two police staff were issued with gross misconduct notices.

The IOPC confirmed that one of the police staff was handed the notice regarding their "handling of Mr Davison’s original application for a shotgun certificate in July 2017, as well as their decision to return Mr Davison’s shotgun and shotgun certificate in July 2021".

Witnesses described Davison, 22, as having a "blank expression” as he roamed around the streets of Keyham looking for victims, and said he was "walking like he was on patrol, like a soldier with a gun”.

Before police could tackle him, Davison turned his gun on himself. He died at 23 minutes past six. The entire deadly shooting spree had taken less than half an hour.

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In videos posted on the internet before the attack, Davison had complained of not losing his virginity as a teenager and described himself as an “incel”.

In one “unscripted rant” posted to YouTube shortly before the killings, he said “It’s just been me fighting an uphill battle with a big fucking rock on my back, seeing motherf****** that don’t deserve half of anything now. They’re getting a free ride to the top.”

He said that life was like a Terminator movie where “everything is rigged against you – there’s no hope for humanity”.

Complaining that there was no opportunity to meet women at the security company where he worked, he added that he felt trapped by being single: “I’m still in the same house, same situation, same position … I’m still a virgin, fat, ugly, whatever you want to call it.”

The IOP’s David Ford said that as the report was wrapped up the agency would be deciding “whether any of the individuals we served misconduct notices on have a disciplinary case to answer”.

He added: ”It is vitally important that we, and others, seek to identify what changes could be made to reduce the risk of any repeat of the horrific events of last August”.

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