Heartbreaking tributes to innocent little girl, 3, and dad, 43, gunned down at random by Plymouth shooter Jake Davison
TRIBUTES have been paid to a three-year-old girl and her dad after they were shot dead in a gun rampage in Plymouth.
Lee Martyn, 43, and daughter Sophie were among five people slaughtered as Jake Davison opened fire on a quiet cul-de-sac yesterday.
The 22-year-old shot the pair at random after first targeting his mum Maxine Davison, 51, in her home.
Tributes have now flooded in for the tragic dad, who had adopted Sophie with his wife around two years ago.
It is understood they had been returning home when Davison opened fire using the legal firearm.
In a tragic twist, Lee's wife is an intensive care nurse at nearby Derriford Hospital where the injured victims were taken – although it is not known if she was on duty at the time.
One friend said: "Lost for words.
"You was such a kind selfless gentleman who put everyone else before yourself we have shared many memories together, I will never forget the things in life you have done for me, you will forever be in my heart Lee Martyn".
Another said: "Thank you to those far & wide that have checked up on me to see if I'm safe, yes I am but I am totally distraught that a good friends brother & niece have been taken in such an horrific way, my heart is breaking for my friend & his family at this very very sad news.
"Deepest & sincerest condolences to all the deceased & hope those injured make a speedy recovery."
The heartbreak comes after Lee, who works for Toshiba, posted a picture on his Facebook in 2019 revealing he had adopted little Sophie.
He said at the time: "We finally adopted Sophie after nearly 15 months ! Game changer.”
What we know so far:
- Five people killed in mass shooting in Keyham, Plymouth, yesterday have all been named by police
- Gunman Jake Davison first opened fire at his mum Maxine Davison's home before randomly shooting people in the street
- Sophie Martyn, three, her dad Lee, 43, Stephen Washington, 59 and Kate Shepherd, 66, are among the victims
- Davison, 23, also died after turning the gun on himself
- A number of people are still receiving treatment in hospital
- Police have confirmed the horror is not terror related and said Davison's pump-action shotgun was legally owned by him
Davison unleashed the rampage at around 6.11pm yesterday when he stormed a home on Biddick Drive.
Gunshots erupted as he shot mum Maxine before he skulked down the street holding a pump action shotgun.
He then shot dead Sophie and Lee before leaving a man and woman with significant injuries.
Davison continued the spree by gunning down and killing 59-year-old Stephen Washington as he entered a park.
After making his way to Henderson Place, he shot Kate Shepherd, 66, who later died in hospital.
Davison then turned the gun on himself as armed cops raced to the scene.
Police have now named all five victims of the shooting horror.
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The chilling timeline was revealed today in a press conference by Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.
The officer said the weapon used in the shooting, which has been recovered, was described as a “pump action shotgun”.
The weapons are legal in the UK as long as they have a fixed magazine capacity of no more than three cartridges and a valid Shotgun certificate.
He also confirmed Davison, whose social media accounts paint the picture of a gun-obsessed loner, had a firearms licence dating back to 2020.
The licence meant he was known to police but CC Sawyer would not be drawn on whether the crane driver had a criminal record.
He also said there is no known motive at present, adding: "We've never in my time had homicide followed by a rampaging firearms attack on random members of the public and then taking one's life..
"That is without precedent in my time as chief constable."
Davison has now been revealed as a right-wing crane operator obsessed with American gun culture.
His Facebook is littered with American propaganda such as a picture of an eagle in front of a flag and a picture of the Lexington Minuteman statue that depicts a colonial farmer holding a musket.
The gunman, who claims to be born in Arizona, has also shared a Donald Trump quote.
It reads: "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 watch."
Davison also has a dark YouTube page where he rambles about his failed love life and follows countless pro-gun accounts.
Just two days ago, he added a clip to his 'liked' videos of a M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle being shot.
Davison also likes Incel TV – an online support group for "involuntary celibates" that is linked to male supremacy and misogyny.
The movement has been labelled a "hate" group with many followers accused of believing they are owed sex by women.
It was linked to the killing of ten people in Canada in 2018 after Alek Minassian posted a Facebook message showing his support for Incels before ploughing a van into crowds.
Just two weeks ago, Davison talks about how difficult it is to "have willpower" when "life has never rewarded you".
The gunman also claims he hasn't spoken to a girl since he was 18 and said he had been “consuming the blackpill overdose”.
The term refers to a belief success with the opposite sex is determined by genetics at birth with blackpillers claiming no amount of money or working out will lead to a relationship so they may as well kill themselves.
Speaking directly into the camera, ranting Davison says: "I'm still in the same position, same period of life – still a f***ing this-that, virgin, f***ing fat, ugly whatever you want to call it.
"What's changed? Nothing."
Yesterday's horror was the first "active shooter" rampage seen in the UK for 11 years since cabbie Derrick Bird murdered 12 people in Cumbria in June 2010.
Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed they are not treating the mass shooting as terror-related.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said today: "It's a tragedy what's happened there. We can rule out terrorism from that event.
"It goes to underline the importance of issues such as gun control but also what's happening in people's homes up and down the country.
"It's really important our police are properly equipped and supported to deal with it."
While Boris Johnson said: "My thoughts are with the friends and family of those who lost their lives and with all those affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night.
"I thank the emergency services for their response."
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