Plymouth gunman lies in pool of blood after shooting himself in head following sickening rampage that left five dead
TWISTED gunman Jake Davison lies in a pool of blood after shooting himself in the head following a six-minute rampage that left five dead.
The 22-year-old shot dead his mum Maxine Davison, 51, before picking innocent strangers off at random as he roamed the streets of Plymouth.
After murdering Sophie Martyn, three, and her adoptive dad Lee, 43, he shot dead dog walker Stephen Washington, 59.
He then aimed his pump-action shotgun at 66-year Kate Shepherd outside a hairdresser as police raced to the scene on Thursday.
The incel loner then turned the gun on himself while sirens blared out – bringing Britain's worst mass shooting in a decade to an end.
Footage shows Davison lying on the ground in a pool of blood as officers begin to surround him.
As paramedics began tending to the tragic victims, a towel was placed over Davison's body.
Tributes have flooded in for the five victims – including Lee who fiercely tried protecting his daughter as the mass killer opened fire.
Cousin Jess Morcom, a journalist at PlymouthLive, said: "He had the kindest heart, would do anything for anybody and you only had to take one look at him to see how much he loved and adored his family, Bex [his wife Becky] and his children.
"I was always so proud to be able to say you were my cousin. The world is going to be a much darker place without you in it."
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She added: "Beautiful little Soph my darling, how truly blessed we all were to have seen you grow into such a beautiful funny and clever girl for the three years that we had with you.
"My heart hurts so much thinking about how it should have been so many more. I will miss your cheekiness and your dancing the most.
"I will think of you both every single day for the rest of my life. Our family will never be the same."
Meanwhile, the wife of dog-walker victim Stephen Washington, 59, said she had lost her soulmate.
Sheila, 58, added in a tribute: “Fly high, you’ve earned your angel wings.”
And Kate Shepherd's family revealed how the mum-of-two had been looking forward to a belated birthday party before her tragic death.
Brother-in-law Richard Ford, 75, said: "Kate was loved by all the family.
"They were excited to get together to celebrate finally. No one can believe it.”
It emerged on Friday Davison had his gun taken from him in December 2020 following an allegation of assault made two months previously.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating Devon and Cornwall Police.
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