An investigation has been launched into Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s possession of a firearm and a firearms license, which was returned to him in July after being removed late last year.
Davison, 22, killed his mother in the city’s Keeham area on Thursday, shooting four more people, including a three-year-old girl, and injuring two others.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced Friday that it would investigate the Devon and Cornwall police’s decision regarding Davison’s possession of weapons and certificates.
The move came amid a wave of mourning for the victims of the atrocities, with hundreds of people attending a candlelight ceremony where the incident took place.
The IOPC said on Friday evening that it had launched an investigation following a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall police with preliminary information that Davison’s firearm and license had been returned to him in early July this year.
The watchdog said the certificate and shotgun were removed by the police in December 2020 following an allegation of assault in September 2020.
According to reports, Davison’s firearms license was returned after attending an anger management course.
IOPC regional director David Ford said referrals related to Thursday’s incidents as well as “police liaison with Jake Davison prior to the incident, including the force’s role and actions in relation to firearms licensing”.
He said: “We will investigate what police action was taken and when, the rationale behind police decision making, and whether relevant law, policy and procedures were followed with respect to the shotguns Mr Davison had.”
It will also investigate whether the force had information relating to Davison’s mental health and if it was “reasonably believed.”
He said there would be no inquiry into the force’s reaction to the firing.
Hundreds of people planted flowers and candles in North Down Crescent Park on Friday evening.
Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard tweeted photos of the vigil and the names of the victims, writing: “Tonight our community came together to remember the victims of the #keyham shooting.”
Davison shot his 51-year-old mother, Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, at a home in Biddick Drive, before going on the road, and three-year-old Sophie Martin and her father, Lee Martin, aged 43. years, was shot and killed. The attack was witnessed by frightened onlookers.
He killed 59-year-old Stephen Washington in a nearby park, before shooting 66-year-old Kate Shepherd at Henderson Place. He later died at Derryford Hospital.
Davison also targeted and shot two local residents in Biddick Drive – a man aged 33 and a woman aged 53 – who knew each other.
He suffered serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the issue of how Davison legally owned a gun to be “properly investigated” and described the shooting as an “absolutely appalling” incident.
Witness Peggy Holiday recounts how she had just got a tattoo done and was walking towards a store hearing screams.
She told ITV News West Country: “A couple shots fired and I ran in front of a pub and the owner came out and he yelled at me ‘come here, come here now’.”
She said she was “chucked under one of the pool tables for dear life” before freezing up.
“It literally felt like a living nightmare,” she said.
Devon and Cornwall police received several calls about the incident at 6.11 pm, with armed and unarmed officers arriving on the scene within six minutes and Davison was found dead at 6.23 pm.
Chief Constable Sean Sawyer told Sky News that those present had faced “some of the most challenging scenes”.
The mass shooting, for which police have yet to establish a motive, is believed to have begun with a “household-related incident” between Davison and his mother.
“We have never in our time had murders followed by raging firearms attacks on random members of the public and then taking someone’s life,” Mr Sawyer said.
“This is without precedent in my time as chief constable.”
Mr Sawyer described members of the public who saw what happened as “extremely painful” and said they were being supported by specialist officers.
The chief constable said Friday that Davison was one of thousands of people in the Devon and Cornwall police area who had a firearms license.
Mr Sawyer said Davison’s license would be part of a police investigation into the incident, including when it was given, whether it was given correctly, and whether it was ever removed and then reinstated. .
Police confirmed that detectives are also investigating Davison’s social media output and phone use.
Social media posts and conversations offered insight into the mind of a man who was interested in guns and America, while his social media use suggests an obsession with “insel” culture, meaning “involuntary celibate”. , a culture that has gathered a following online among some men who feel they are being harassed by women because of their perceived lack of sexual interest.
On Friday, forensic officers in protective clothing could be seen searching fingers at the scene while a coroner’s ambulance was filmed leaving the area.
A large yellow tent was set up in the area, with several uniformed officers stationed around the circle.
Dozens of flowers, cards and soft toys have been left near the scene to pay tribute to the victims.
A note read: “Rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers with you all. A sad loss. Such beautiful souls. love to all.”
Flags are being flown at half-mast in Plymouth after the torture, while Smeaton’s Tower was lit in honor of the victims on Friday night.
A minute’s silence will be observed on Monday at 11 a.m. and condolence books are available for the public to sign at many places.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times