Keyham mass shooting: what happened in Plymouth?

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<p>Members of the public attend a vigil for the victims of the Keyham mass shooting, Plymouth (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA).</p>
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Members of the public attend a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting in Keyham, Plymouth (Image: Ben Birchall/PA).

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People have gathered to commemorate the victims on the first anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in Britain.

Last August 12, Jake Davison killed his mother, Maxine Davison, 51, after an argument and then shot four others in a 12-minute assault.

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Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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What happened?

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A critical incident was reported by Devon and Cornwall Police following the “serious firearms incident” on Biddick Drive in the Borough of Keyham.

At a press conference in Plymouth at the time, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer confirmed that Jake Davison shot dead a 51-year-old woman at a house on Biddick Drive in the Keyham neighborhood of Plymouth before going outside and “immediately” shooting dead a girl and her male relative at the age of 43.

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He was moving down Biddick Drive where he aimed and shot at two local residents – a 33-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman – who sustained serious injuries.

Davison then entered a nearby park where he killed a 59-year-old man before shooting dead a 66-year-old woman at Henderson Place – Davison then turned the gun on himself.

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Armed and unarmed officers arrived at the scene within six minutes of receiving multiple calls from the public, but Davison had shot himself before they could deal with him.

Who was Davison?

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Jake Davison appeared to post – just weeks before the massacre – on a YouTube account under the name Professor Waffle about being “beaten down” and “beaten by life”.

His channel was subscribed to gun-related accounts and another one called Incel TV that has content related to “involuntary celibacy,” though Davison said in one of his videos he “would not declare himself an Incel.”

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The online subculture includes men who express hostility and extreme resentment towards those who are sexually active, especially women.

In another clip, he talks about missing out on a teenage romance and references “chads,” an incel community term for handsome men who attract women.

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How is the event marked?

Plymouth will mark the milestone with a civic ceremony at the Minster Church of St Andrew and a community vigil in North Down Crescent Park.

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Councilor Richard Bingley, leader of Plymouth City Council, said Friday “will be a very difficult time for many and our thoughts are with the families, survivors and the communities of Keyham, Ford and the surrounding areas”.

“The anniversary will be a time for people to come together or just have some quiet time to reflect and remember their loved ones following this devastating event,” he said.

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The killings drew expressions of sympathy and offers of help from across the community.

There was also a wave of sympathy from national leaders including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “My thoughts go out to the friends and family of those who lost their lives and to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night.”

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