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Plymouth shooting

Coordinates: 50°23′27″N 4°10′15″W / 50.39083°N 4.17083°W / 50.39083; -4.17083
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Plymouth shooting
LocationKeyham, Plymouth, Devon, England
Coordinates50°23′27″N 4°10′15″W / 50.39083°N 4.17083°W / 50.39083; -4.17083
Date12 August 2021
c. 18:08 – 18:23 (BST)
Attack type
Mass shooting
WeaponsWeatherby pump-action shotgun[1]
Deaths6 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorJake Davison

On 12 August 2021, six people were killed in a mass shooting[2] in Plymouth, Devon, England.[3] Six people, including the shooter, Jake Davison, were killed.[4]

Shooting[change | change source]

G-DAAN, one of the air ambulances that attended the scene[5] (pictured in 2013)

In the evening on 12 August 2021, Jake Davison shot his mother dead. This was inside their home on Biddick Drive.[6]

At 18:11 BST, the Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Biddick Drive.[7] At 18:12 BST on 12 August 2021,[5] the South Western Ambulance Service were called to Biddick Drive.[8] Biddick Drive is a street where people live in Keyham, Plymouth, Devon, South West England.[9][10] Police officers were at Biddick Drive 6 minutes after the shooting.[7] The ambulance service said they responded with a lot of resources and many people. They said this included hazardous area response teams, many ambulances, air ambulances and medics.[11] Four air ambulances went to Biddick Drive because of the incident.[5] People who saw the incident said that they had heard "loud bangs" and "gunshots".[10] and Sky News said that a shooter had been shot and was thought to be dead.[12] At 21:34, Devon and Cornwall Police reported that they believed the incident had been kept to that area.[13] Police said the incident did not have anything to do with terrorism.[14]

Six people were killed in the attacks. Three males and two females died where the shooting took place, including the shooter, who committed suicide. Another woman died because of injuries from the shooting after.[3] One of the dead was a child.[15]

Attacker[change | change source]

The gunman was Jake Davison.[4] He was a 22-year-old crane operator.[16] He had a gun license.[17][18]

Reactions[change | change source]

In a tweet, Home Secretary Priti Patel described the incident as "shocking". She also said that she had talked with the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.[5] Local MPs Luke Pollard and Johnny Mercer also tweeted, with Pollard suggesting people stay inside.[3]

The Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said the shooting was bad. Wallace also said that the shooting didn't have to do with terrorism.[15]

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that he was sad for those who were affected. He also thanked the emergency services who went to the shooting.[19]

The leader of the opposition, Keir Starmer, said that something sad had happened and that he wasn't happy about it.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Plymouth shooting: Gunman 'did not hesitate' before killing himself". BBC News. 18 January 2023. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  2. "Six people killed in mass shooting in Plymouth, England". Reuters. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Plymouth shooting: Multiple fatalities in Keyham". BBC News. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Plymouth shooting: Jake Davison named as gunman who killed five". BBC News. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Emergency services respond to incident in Keyham in Plymouth". BBC News. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  6. "Plymouth shooting: Maxine Davison, killer's mother, was first victim". BBC News. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Jake Davison: Plymouth gunman who killed five with 'pump-action' shotgun named by police". The Independent. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  8. BBC Radio Devon [@BBCDevon] (August 12, 2021). "BREAKING: Police confirm: "serious firearms incident" Biddick Drive, Keyham..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. "Multiple fatalities in Plymouth shooting - police". BBC News. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Green, Alex (12 August 2021). "LIVE: Drake Circus shopping centre evacuated - updates". Devon Live. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  11. Campbell, Lucy (12 August 2021). "Multiple fatalities after 'serious firearms incident' in Plymouth". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  12. Coles, Amy (12 August 2021). "Plymouth shooting: 'Number of fatalities' in 'serious' shooting incident in Keyham, police say". Sky News. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  13. Devon and Cornwall Police [@DC_Police] (August 12, 2021). "Tweet 2 of 4" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. "Plymouth shooting: Everything we know about the incident in Keyham". The Daily Telegraph. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Plymouth shooting: Defence Secretary rules out terrorism". BBC News. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  16. "Plymouth gunman Jake Davison said 'I am a terminator' in final YouTube video before rampage". The Daily Telegraph. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  17. "Young girl among 5 killed in rare mass shooting in England; gunman dead". CBS News. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  18. Dodd, Vikram; Grierson, Jamie; Morris, Steven; Weaver, Matthew; Topping, Alexandra (13 August 2021). "Plymouth shooting: police reinstated gunman's firearms licence last month". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  19. "Plymouth shooting: First picture of gunman who shot five dead during rampage". The Daily Telegraph. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.