Vigil held in Plymouth following Jake Davison mass shooting
Labour has said police have questions to answer over how a gunman obtained a firearms licence and went on a rampage as more tributes poured in for the victims of the killing spree.
Gunman Jake Davison killed five people – including his mother and a three-year-old girl – and injured two others in the city’s Keyham area on Thursday evening before turning his gun on himself.
The 22-year-old had his gun returned weeks before Thursday’s deadly shooting spree after it was taken away last December following an assault allegation, according to the police watchdog.
On Saturday, Priti Patel visited Plymouth to pay tribute to the victims . The city council chief also said residents remained “in a state of shock” after experiencing the UK’s first mass shooting in more than a decade.
Police urges anyone with information to get in touch
Devon and Cornwall Police has urged anyone with information who has not yet come forward to help with the investigation into the shootings to get in touch.
Chiara Giordano14 August 2021 18:21
Mother and son injured in shooting expected to make full recovery
A mother and son who were shot and injured during Thursday’s shooting are expected to make a full recovery.
Their relative Jordan, who asked for his last name to be kept anonymous, said his mother Michelle was still in hospital and needed to have an arm operation but his brother Ben had already been discharged from Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.
He requested privacy for his family and urged people not to speculate.
Chiara Giordano14 August 2021 17:33
Watch: Flowers line streets as tributes laid for victims
Video footage shows flowers and various tributes laid for the victims of the mass shooting in Keyham.
Tributes have been laid for the victims of a mass shooting in Plymouth that took place on the evening of Thursday (12 August), when 22-year-old Jake Davison killed five people, including his own mother, before turning the gun on himself.In the above video, you can see the flowers and various tributes that have been left for the victims and all those affected by the shooting in Keyham.The leader of Plymouth City Council, Nick Kelly, told BBC Breakfast the city’s healing process had begun yesterday, but that people are “still in a state of shock”.
Chiara Giordano14 August 2021 17:12
Books of condolences opened at four locations
Books of condolences have been opened at four locations across Plymouth for those wishing to pay their respects to victims of the shooting.
Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard said they would be available at Ford Primary School, St Mark’s Church, St Thomas’ Church and the Council House.
Chiara Giordano14 August 2021 16:50
Crowdfunding campaign raises £15k in one day for victims’ families and community
An online fundraiser set up to support the families and communities affected by the shooting has raised almost £15,000 in less than 24 hours.
PlymouthLive and local charity Jeremiah’s Journey, which supports children, young people and families who have suffered a bereavement, launched the GoFundMe campaign a day after the attack.
All money raised will go towards providing advice, group sessions and bereavement support.
Chiara Giordano14 August 2021 16:20
What do we know about Jake Davison?
The gunman who murdered five people in a shooting spree in Plymouth has been named as apprentice crane operator and self-described “incel” Jake Davison.
Here is a recap of what we know about him so far:
Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 16:00
Plymouth Argyle FC hold silence before game
Plymouth Argyle FC held a minute’s silence before kick-off today for the victims of Thursday’s shooting:
Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 15:41
Former top prosecutor says Davison should have been on watchlist
Jake Davison should have been on a police watchlist before he carried out the UK’s first mass shooting in more than 10 years, a former top prosecutor has said.
Nazir Afzal, who was previously chief crown prosecutor for the North West said the 22-year-old was “exactly the type of person the authorities should be keeping an eye on”.
Watch him make the comments here:
Former prosecutor says Plymouth gunman ‘should have been on watchlist’
Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 15:20
Locals visit scene of shooting to pay tribute to victims
Locals have left flowers, balloons and messages around the scene of the shooting on Saturday.
Cuddly toys were also left among tributes to victims – which included three-year-old Sophie Martyn.
One woman, who gave her name only as Terri, brought her two grandchildren as she paid her respects at the park on Saturday.
She told reporters she had known Ms Davison “for years” and that she was “lovely”, adding: “I didn’t even realise it was her until yesterday when I saw her photo.”
She said she had brought her two grandchildren to pay tribute in particular to three-year-old Sophie, placing a pink candle and teddy bear next to the floral tributes.
Melanie Fletcher, who lives near the scene of the shooting, said about people laying flowers in the local park: “It just touches your heart, you know, sort of faith in humanity. But it’s still shocking.”
Additional reporting by PA
Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 15:07
‘Why did he have a gun licence in the first place?’
Here is Sir Keir Starmer speaking to Sky News about Davison’s licence and “wider questions” to be asked over licensing laws:
Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 14:53