Toddler gunned down in Plymouth shooting pictured with dad who died next to her

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A three-year-old and her father are among the five shot dead in a rampage in Plymouth.

Tributes have been paid to Lee Martyn, 43, and tragic daughter Sophie after 22-year-old Jake Davison opened fire on a quiet cul-de-sac yesterday.

The maniac scaffolder shot the pair at random after first targeting his mum Maxine Davison, 51, in her home and killed two others with a pump-action shotgun.

Tributes have now flooded in for the tragic dad, who had adopted Sophie with his wife around two years ago.

Devon and Cornwall Police have named the other victims of Davison's Plymouth shooting spree as three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn, 43; Stephen Washington, 59 and Kate Shepherd, 66.

It is understood they had been returning home when Davison opened fire.

Lee's wife is an intensive care nurse at nearby Derriford Hospital where the injured victims were taken – it is not known if she was on duty at the time, the Sun reports.

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."

A close friend of Lee for nearly 30 years told The Telegraph: “Lee was a brilliant friend and was loved by a lot of people. He was a genuine, caring guy and an amazing husband and dad.

“Sophie was just a beautiful little girl, cheeky and full of life. What’s happened to them is the stuff of nightmares.”

The friend questioned why Davison had been allowed a firearm licence, despite reportedly suffering from mental health problems.

“If he had issues, why the hell was he allowed to have a shotgun? We can’t understand it.”

A neighbour of the family said: “It's just so awful. They were a perfect family. The sort you see in adverts. I can't believe this has happened. And Sophie was just the sweetest, cutest little girl. So, so lovely. This is absolutely devastating for Becky and for Sophie’s brother.

“Davison destroyed something so beautiful when he killed Lee and Sophie.”

Tragic 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.”

Davison killed five before turning the gun on himself, police have confirmed.

He stormed a house with a long-barrelled gun in Britain's worst mass shooting in more than a decade on Thursday.

The scaffolder who was obsessed with being an "ugly virgin" went "berserk" in a block of flats before randomly firing at dogwalkers in a park in Keyham in Plymouth.

The gunman uploaded a series of disturbing YouTube videos prior to carrying out the attack at about 6.10pm, and followed a series of pro-gun accounts.

In one, Davison complained that he was still a "fat" and "ugly virgin".

He told his followers: "Most people would have been completely utterly broken if they had lived my fg life…I'm surprised I even made it this far to be honest."

Davison continued: "I'm always gonna keep trying, as long as you're breathing air.

"It's like in the Terminator, the whole premise of the Terminator movies is that everything's rigged against you, there's no hope for humanity.

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"We're on the brink of extinction, these machines are unstoppable killing machines that can't be beaten. But yet, humanity still tries to fight to the end.

"I know it's a movie but I like to think sometimes I'm a Terminator."

Davison claims he was born in Arizona, the US, on his Facebook page.

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He has previously shared US propaganda and Donald Trump quotes, and likes Incel TV, a support group for “involuntary celibates”.

Describing the attack – the worst mass shooting in Britain since 2010 – eyewitness Sharron earlier told the BBC: "Firstly, there was shouting, followed by gunshots – three possibly four to begin with.

"This was when the shooter kicked in the door of a house and randomly started shooting.

"He ran from the house shooting as he ran and proceeded to shoot at a few people in the linear park up from the drive."

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "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."

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected.

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"I have spoken to the chief constable and offered my full support.

"I urge everyone to remain calm, follow police advice and allow our emergency services to get on with their jobs."

Police continue to investigate, and have urged members of the public not to share footage of the aftermath of the incident.

Labour's Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has urged people in the local community to come together for a candlelit vigil at 9pm on Friday in North Down Crescent Park, Keyham, to pay tribute to the victims of Thursday's mass shooting.

In a statement, the force said: "Devon & Cornwall Police can now confirm the identities of those people who have died following a shooting incident in Keyham, Plymouth on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

"All the deceased lived locally in the Keyham area.

"The offender has been named as Jake Davison, aged 22.

"The victims have been identified as Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, aged 51, who was the mother of the offender.

"Further victims were Sophie Martyn, aged three, and her father Lee Martyn, aged 43.

"Stephen Washington, aged 59, was also deceased. The final deceased person was Kate Shepherd, aged 66, who was injured at the scene and died later at Derriford Hospital.

"As previously said by Devon & Cornwall Police, the firearm believed to have been used during the incident was legally held by the offender. The circumstances surrounding that have now been subject to a mandatory referral to the IOPC by Devon & Cornwall Police.

"Police continue to investigate 13 scenes within the cordon in Keyham, which is expected to remain in place throughout much of the weekend."

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