Plymouth shooting news – Jake Davison massacre may be declared a TERROR attack over his warped woman-hating incel views

THE gun massacre in Plymouth last week could be declared a TERROR ATTACK over the gunman's warped, women-hating views, it is claimed.

Jake Davison, 22, regularly posted misogyny-filled videos on his YouTube page and had ties to the warped online world of incels – a global collective oftwisted men who identify as 'involuntary celebrates'.

These individuals routinely express violent hatred of women for not wanting to have sex with them and have regularly praise mass murders and other violent incidents – usually against women – involving incels.

Now, according to The Times, officers from the South West Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit will look at Davison's  phone, computer and online postings to asses what extent being an 'incel' played in the massacre.

If being an incel is deemed to be a motive for the massacre, which left five innocent people dead, including a three-year-old girl – then the incident will fall into counter-terror policing and be formally declared a terror attack.

Read our Plymouth shooting live blog for the latest updates…

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     POLICE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING WHETHER TO CLASS ATTACK AS TERRORISM

    Police are reportedly considering whether to class the attack in which Jake Davison killed five people as terrorism despite initially calling it a domestic incident.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are leading the investigation but are reportedly working with the South West Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit to probe Davison links to the misogynist incel movement, The Times reports .

    The force are already under fire for their decision to return Davison's gun without looking into his social media and online activity due to 'privacy concerns'.

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    HOW DID THE INCEL MOVEMENT START (CONTINUED)?

    Speaking to the BBC in 2018, Alana said her incel community was initially benign.

    She said: “There was probably a bit of anger and some men were a bit clueless about how women are unique, individual humans, but in general it was a supportive place.”

    One couple who met on the site reportedly later got married, she added.

    It was not until she read about a man killing six women in California in 2014 that she realised the movement she started over a decade earlier had been co-opted.

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    HOW DID THE INCEL MOVEMENT START?

    The incel movement, originally called invcel, in the late 1990s in Canada as a support group for people whose social anxiety and other problems made it hard for them to form relationships.

    It was started by a queer woman living in Toronto called Alana (she has not revealed her last name publicly).

    She said she began the movement when she began trying to date in her mid-20s and was struggling with loneliness. She thought there would be other people like her so she started ‘Alana’s Involuntary Celibacy Project’ – a text website which acted as an early forum to give people support.

    It was crucially meant as a place for people to find comfort and help to build social skills and make friends who understood what they were going from.

    Alana eventually found a loving relationship and began to drift away from the movement around 2000 as she did not think it would be “hijacked by angry men” who sought to blame women for their problems.

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    WHAT IS AN INCEL?

    An incel – short for involuntarily celibate – is someone who subscribes to a violent ideology that men are being unfairly denied sex because women have too much agency.

    Incels believe that they are being discriminated against for not being conventionally attractive because women instinctively go for “chads” – men who are conventionally handsome.

    They divide women into the categories of “Staceys” – conventionally attractive women – and “Beckys” – women who are unattractive in their view – and believe women should be forced into accepting them as sexual partners.

    Incel ideology ranges for people who believe women should be “rationed” out for men to others who think women should be “punished” for rejecting men.

    The movement, which was boosted by online forums such as Reddit, 4chan and 8chan, is based in a misogynistic belief that feminism has given women too much agency and freedom to choose their own romantic and sexual partners.

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    HE ‘SHOT VICTIMS AT CLOSE-RANGE’

    Shocked witnesses said Jake Davison, 22, left his family home before shooting dead five people, including a young girl in Plymouth last night.

    The crane operator shot himself dead yesterday after gunning down a his mum Maxine, 51.

    Davison also killed three-year-old Sophie Martyn, and her father Lee, 43, mum Kate Shepherd, 66, second woman and Stephen Washington, 59, – believed to have been walking his dogs – during the horror.

    One neighbour said they saw Davison shoot the toddler and her parent at close range, and hovered over their bodies after killing them, shortly after 6pm.

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    ‘THE WORLD IS A DARKER PLACE WITHOUT YOU’: TRIBUTES TO PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIMS

    A father gunned down alongside his three-year-old daughter in the Plymouth mass shooting “would do anything for anybody”, according to a tribute from his cousin.

    Lee Martyn, 43, and his daughter Sophie were killed when gunman Jake Davison opened fire in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday evening. Jess Morcom, Mr Martyn’s cousin and a journalist at PlymouthLive, paid tribute to the pair and spoke of the loss felt by her family.

    In a post on Twitter, she said that Mr Martyn “had the kindest heart, would do anything for anybody” and that “you only had to take one look at him to see how much he loved and adored his family”. I was always so proud to be able to say you were my cousin,” she added. “The world is going to be a much darker place without you in it.”

    In a tribute to Sophie, Ms Morcom said her family had been “truly blessed” to have “seen you grow into such a beautiful, funny and clever girl” over the three years of her life.

    “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,” she added.

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    PLYMOUTH LEFT IN STATE OF SHOCK AFTER MASS SHOOTING, COUNCIL CHIEF SAYS

    The community in Plymouth is in a state of shock and reluctant to leave their homes following a mass shooting which left five people dead, the city council’s leader has said.

    Nick Kelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said people “wanted a hug and assurances things will get better” after gunman Jake Davison killed five people before turning the weapon on himself.

    It came after hundreds of people attended a candle-lit vigil close to where the incident took place on Friday night in an outpouring of grief for the victims.

    Davison, 22, shot dead his mother on Thursday in the Keyham area of the city before going on to kill four more people, including a three-year-old girl, and injure two others.

    Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into Davison’s possession of a shotgun and a firearms licence, which were returned to him after being removed at the end of last year.

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     WITNESS RECALLS SEEING HERO DAD AND DAUGHTER BEING SHOT

    Witness John Partridge, 70, who lives on Biddick Drive — the cul-de-sac in which the rampage began — told The Sun: “I heard two shots, like loud fireworks, they went ‘bang, bang’.

    “I went to my kitchen window and saw a little girl and a man running into the road.

    “He shot at them from about 12ft away. The man was trying to protect the child and had an arm over her. I was frozen to the spot, it was terrifying.”

    Mr Partridge said he called police before Davison glared at him through the window.

    He added: “I just ducked and he moved on down the street. After he had walked on, my wife wanted to help the girl and the man but I pulled her back out of the door. I was worried she would be shot too.”

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    TIMELINE AND MAP: SIX DEAD IN PLYMOUTH SHOOTING

     

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    FORMER MET POLICE CHIEF SAYS OFFICERS SHOULD MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA OF PEOPLE APPLYING FOR GUN LICENCES

    A former Metropolitan Police chief said officers should trawl through social media accounts of people applying for firearms licences to ensure that “guns do not fall into the hands of dangerous people” after the deadly Keyham shooting.

    Former commissioner Lord Stevens told The Sunday Telegraph that Davison was “clearly a dangerous man”, adding: “The videos he made should have been taken into account when he applied for a shotgun licence.

    “There needs to be a trawling of online content for an in-depth assessment of who these people are and what they think.

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    PLYMOUTH LEFT IN STATE OF SHOCK AFTER MASS SHOOTING, COUNCIL CHIEF SAYS

    The community in Plymouth is in a state of shock and reluctant to leave their homes following a mass shooting which left five people dead, the city council’s leader has said.

    Nick Kelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said people “wanted a hug and assurances things will get better” after gunman Jake Davison killed five people before turning the weapon on himself.

    It came after hundreds of people attended a candle-lit vigil close to where the incident took place on Friday night in an outpouring of grief for the victims.

    Davison, 22, shot dead his mother on Thursday in the Keyham area of the city before going on to kill four more people, including a three-year-old girl, and injure two others.

    Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into Davison’s possession of a shotgun and a firearms licence, which were returned to him after being removed at the end of last year.

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    LAYING HER LIFE ON THE LINE

    A mum who was blasted by the Plymouth shooter risked her life to run out in the street to place a blanket over the bodies of a murdered father and his daughter.

    Michelle Parsonage was shot on her porch by Jake Davison as he went on a murderous rampage killing five people last week.

    Mrs Parsonage, 53, braved being shot at again to go and lay a blanket over Lee Martyn and his three-year-old daughter Sophie, a witness has revealed.

    She was later taken to hospital after sustaining wounds to her hand and arm after Davison had fired through the door of her home.

    Her 33-year-old son Ben was also injured but both are expected to make a full recovery.

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    MAN’S HUSKIES REPORTEDLY RAN TO RAISE THE ALARM AFTER HE WAS SHOT BY DAVISON

    It’s understood that after he was shot his huskies – called Storm and Drift – are said to have rushed to raise the alarm.

    Mike Moore, who lives nearby, told MailOnline: “Both the dogs ran back to Stephen’s home and that’s when the family became concerned.

    “Stephen was well known around here because he was always out with his beautiful dogs.

    “He wasn’t friends with Jake and there’s nothing connecting them so we think it was completely random.”

    Another resident told The Sun: “Stephen had two huskies — Storm and Drift. He was walking them at the time.

    “Storm ran home on its lead and Drift went missing for a while. It’s so sad.”

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    LUKE POLLARD: WE MUST ENSURE THERE’S NO MORE PAIN

    Local MP Luke Pollard added that he did not want to see what happened in Plymouth happening to any other community.

    Mr Pollard told BBC Breakfast: “If that is to be our clear objective, to ensure there’s no more pain, no more loss like we’re suffering, then the stuff that’s implemented has to be the right things.

    “So we do need that national discussion about it, we need the politicians to look carefully at the processes we’ve got, but we need the right lessons to be learned from this hideous tragedy that we’ve had in Plymouth.”

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    PLYMOUTH MP CALLS FOR ‘THOROUGH INVESTIGATION’ INTO KEYHAM SHOOTING

    Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has called for a “thorough investigation” into the Keyham mass shooting.

    He told BBC Breakfast yesterday: “I think people’s emotions have changed from shock and disbelief into now feeling that profound loss of the five people who were killed.

    “But also a sense of anger. Wanting to know the questions as to how was this allowed to happen, why did this happen, and were there opportunities to stop this happening that were not taken?

    “We need to get to the answers of those and that will take some time, and police need to be able to have the space to do it. But we need to make sure the community gets those proper answers because they deserve them.

    “That means they need to be thorough, detailed and accurate, and not speculative, and that will take some time sadly.”

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    CCTV APPEARS TO SHOW PLYMOUTH SHOOTER JAKE DAVISON WIELDING SHOTGUN SECONDS BEFORE KILLING FIFTH RAMPAGE VICTIM

    Footage seems to show the twisted gunman holding a large gun in the middle of his grim rampage in Plymouth.

    The figure, believed to be Jake Davison, calmly crosses the road as a car passes and holds the 3ft long shotgun by his side.

    The CCTV, from ITV News, appears to show the coldblooded killer after he had already killed four of his victims.

    He then walks in the direction of a hair salon, which is where he shot his fifth victim Kate Shepherd, 66, before turning the gun on himself.

    Davison, 22, shot his own mum before randomly killing four other people and then turned the gun on himself in a grim gun rampage in Plymouth.

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    HE ‘SHOT VICTIMS AT CLOSE-RANGE’

    Shocked witnesses said Jake Davison, 22, left his family home before shooting dead five people, including a young girl in Plymouth last night.

    The crane operator shot himself dead yesterday after gunning down a his mum Maxine, 51.

    Davison also killed three-year-old Sophie Martyn, and her father Lee, 43, mum Kate Shepherd, 66, second woman and Stephen Washington, 59, – believed to have been walking his dogs – during the horror.

    One neighbour said they saw Davison shoot the toddler and her parent at close range, and hovered over their bodies after killing them, shortly after 6pm.

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    PLYMOUTH LEFT IN STATE OF SHOCK AFTER MASS SHOOTING, COUNCIL CHIEF SAYS

    The community in Plymouth is in a state of shock and reluctant to leave their homes following a mass shooting which left five people dead, the city council’s leader has said.

    Nick Kelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said people “wanted a hug and assurances things will get better” after gunman Jake Davison killed five people before turning the weapon on himself.

    It came after hundreds of people attended a candle-lit vigil close to where the incident took place on Friday night in an outpouring of grief for the victims.

    Davison, 22, shot dead his mother on Thursday in the Keyham area of the city before going on to kill four more people, including a three-year-old girl, and injure two others.

    Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into Davison’s possession of a shotgun and a firearms licence, which were returned to him after being removed at the end of last year.

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    TRIBUTE PAID TO PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIM STEPHEN WASHINGTON

    The family of Plymouth shooting victim Stephen Washington has said their world “has been turned upside down in the blink of an eye” as they paid tribute to him.

    The 59-year-old, one of five people shot dead by Jake Davison on Thursday night, was a “devoted” family man and a “loving husband, father, grandfather and best friend”, they said in a statement.

    Mr Washington was the fourth victim during Davison’s shooting spree, gunned down in front of horrified onlookers in a park in the Keyham area of the city.

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    FORMER MET POLICE CHIEF SAYS OFFICERS SHOULD MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA OF PEOPLE APPLYING FOR GUN LICENCES

    A former Metropolitan Police chief said officers should trawl through social media accounts of people applying for firearms licences to ensure that “guns do not fall into the hands of dangerous people” after the deadly Keyham shooting.

    Former commissioner Lord Stevens told The Sunday Telegraph that Davison was “clearly a dangerous man”, adding: “The videos he made should have been taken into account when he applied for a shotgun licence.

    “There needs to be a trawling of online content for an in-depth assessment of who these people are and what they think.

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    PRIEST URGES AGAINST ‘CYCLE OF ANGER’ AT PRAYERS FOR PLYMOUTH SHOOTING VICTIMS

    Prayers have been said for the five victims of the Plymouth shooting as the community comes together in mourning.

    A church in Keyham close to the scene used a Sunday service to remember those killed on Thursday, while a special prayer has been written by the Bishop of Exeter.

    It came as questions continue to mount over how gunman Jake Davison, 22, obtained a firearms licence and carried out his spree before turning the gun on himself.

    Father David Way, parish priest at St Thomas’ Church in Keyham, told the PA news agency after the service: “Those people who have died, we have to keep those in our prayers, but also the loved ones which have been left behind.

    “I’m hoping we can break any cycle of anger, as it were, and bring a cycle of love for everybody involved.”

    During the service, he asked the congregation to pray for the five victims, Maxine Davison, Lee Martyn, Sophie Martyn, Kate Shepherd and Stephen Washington, adding: “We pray also for peace for Jake.”

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    HOW DID THE INCEL MOVEMENT START (CONTINUED)?

    Speaking to the BBC in 2018, Alana said her incel community was initially benign.

    She said: "There was probably a bit of anger and some men were a bit clueless about how women are unique, individual humans, but in general it was a supportive place."

    One couple who met on the site reportedly later got married, she added.

    It was not until she read about a man killing six women in California in 2014 that she realised the movement she started over a decade earlier had been co-opted.

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    HOW DID THE INCEL MOVEMENT START?

    The incel movement, originally called invcel, in the late 1990s in Canada as a support group for people whose social anxiety and other problems made it hard for them to form relationships.

    It was started by a queer woman living in Toronto called Alana (she has not revealed her last name publicly).

    She said she began the movement when she began trying to date in her mid-20s and was struggling with loneliness. She thought there would be other people like her so she started 'Alana’s Involuntary Celibacy Project' – a text website which acted as an early forum to give people support.

    It was crucially meant as a place for people to find comfort and help to build social skills and make friends who understood what they were going from.

    Alana eventually found a loving relationship and began to drift away from the movement around 2000 as she did not think it would be "hijacked by angry men" who sought to blame women for their problems.

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    WHAT IS AN INCEL?

    An incel – short for involuntarily celibate – is someone who subscribes to a violent ideology that men are being unfairly denied sex because women have too much agency.

    Incels believe that they are being discriminated against for not being conventionally attractive because women instinctively go for "chads" – men who are conventionally handsome.

    They divide women into the categories of "Staceys" – conventionally attractive women – and "Beckys" – women who are unattractive in their view – and believe women should be forced into accepting them as sexual partners.

    Incel ideology ranges for people who believe women should be "rationed" out for men to others who think women should be "punished" for rejecting men.

    The movement, which was boosted by online forums such as Reddit, 4chan and 8chan, is based in a misogynistic belief that feminism has given women too much agency and freedom to choose their own romantic and sexual partners.

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    COPS FEARED PRIVACY VIOLATIONS WHEN GIVING GUN BACK

    Cops failed to trawl through Jake Davison’s online activity before giving back the gun he then used to kill five people.

    Devon and Cornwall chief constable Shaun Sawyer admitted his force feared invading the 22-year-old’s privacy.

    He said: “We take and return firearms on a not irregular basis when people have emotional crises or we receive reports from family members, then they can be returned.

    “What we don’t do, because firearms licencing is a lawful thing, is trawl the internet looking at people’s lives. That’s an invasion of privacy.”

    Davison’s pump action shotgun was handed back last month.

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