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Three-year-old girl among victims of Plymouth shooting

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Jake Davison, the man suspected of killing five people in Devon city, had a firearms licence, say police
Plymouth shooting: three-year-old girl among five killed by gunman, police confirm

A Man suspected of killing five people, including a child, before turning a gun on himself was named by Police as Jake Davison.

Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed that the “very young girl” killed in Plymouth was three years old.

The force said the first victim was a 51-year-old woman known to the shooter.

The other victims included a 43-year-old man who was related to the girl, a 59-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman who died later at Derriford hospital

The two people injured by Davison who are still being treated in hospital are a 53-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man who are known to each other, the force said.

Jake Davison, the suspected Plymouth attacker, portrayed himself as a man in despair who raged against the success of others and his own failure to find a girlfriend and lose weight.

In what the 22-year-old described as an “unscripted rant” posted just over two weeks ago, he said “for the most part it’s just been me against the world”.

Two days ago he liked a brief video on a YouTube of men in the US loading and firing powerful rifles at a target. Social media posts from about 2018 also suggest he was a fan of the former US president Donald Trump and a supporter of the UK Libertarian party.

He shared a quote of Trump saying: “In America we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to want.” In 2016, he posted an image of an American statue of Captain John Parker holding a rifle, an iconic figure in the US of the right to bear arms.

Davison shot himself after killing five others including a child. Police have confirmed that he held a gun licence.

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