The sister of the Plymouth gunman who shot dead five people before killing himself has revealed she is ‘devastated’

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The sister of the Plymouth gunman who shot dead five people before killing himself has revealed she is ‘devastated’.

The sister said she had been unable to comprehend the fact that brother Jake Davison had murdered their mother Maxine before taking four more lives, including that of a three-year-old girl.

She told a friend: ‘I’m devastated, I haven’t been able to take it all in, it’s just too much.’

The friend told MailOnline: ‘She is heartbroken, her brother has not only shot and killed their mother but then taken his own life and if that isn’t bad enough is responsible for killing four innocent people, including a little three-year-old girl.

‘She’s lost two members of her family and needs time to grieve, which is difficult because she’s had so many people knocking at her house.

She’s had to move away temporarily.

‘When I saw her, she looked so shocked still and really tired and withdrawn. You can see the effect this horrific incident has had on her.

‘The one positive thing is that she isn’t alone, 언브로큰 she has her boyfriend Shane who has been looking after her and providing a shoulder to cry on. He’s been a tower of strength.’

The sister’s other brother himself left a heartfelt tribute to his mother this afternoon.

The killer's sister said she had been unable to comprehend the fact that brother Jake Davison had murdered their mother Maxine (pictured) before taking four more lives, including that of a three-year-old girl

The killer's sister said she had been unable to comprehend the fact that brother Jake Davison had murdered their mother Maxine (pictured) before taking four more lives, including that of a three-year-old girl

The killer’s sister said she had been unable to comprehend the fact that brother Jake Davison had murdered their mother Maxine (pictured) before taking four more lives, including that of a three-year-old girl

The two siblings of killer Jake Davison (pictured) have been left devastated after their brother killed their mother and four others

The two siblings of killer Jake Davison (pictured) have been left devastated after their brother killed their mother and four others

The two siblings of killer Jake Davison (pictured) have been left devastated after their brother killed their mother and 언브로큰 four others 

He updated his Facebook page photo to one of him and his mum.

One friend commented: ‘Beautiful photo, can’t stop thinking of you, my heart goes out to you’ while another added: ‘Beautiful mate, a wonderful woman who never gave up.’

Maxine was the first victim of Thursday’s horror. She was killed in the house she shared with Jake in the Keyham area of Plymouth.

He went on to shoot dead Lee Martyn, 43 and his three-year-old adopted daughter Sophie, dog walker Stephen Washington, 59 and 66-year-old Kate Shepherd who was shot outside a hair salon.

Furious locals have joined campaigners and MPs in asking why Jake Davison was granted a shotgun licence and had his weapon returned to him last month after an alleged assault last year.

Friends of the killer’s victims as well as the Gun Control Network, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Plymouth MP Luke Pollard called for urgent answers into why the 22-year-old was allowed to be armed.

The incel fanatic was stripped of his gun in December – following an alleged assault in September – but it was returned to him last month after he attended an anger management course.

It comes as disturbing new footage shows the gunman crouching over one of his victim’s bodies during the horror attack.

A car’s dashcam picked up the grisly scenes as Davison looms over the woman while shocked residents appear to be calling the police.

Meanwhile a former top prosecutor said he should have been on a police watchlist before he killed five people and himself in the shooting spree.

Nazir Afzal, who was previously chief crown prosecutor 언브로큰 for the North West, said Davison was ‘exactly the type of person the authorities should be keeping an eye on’.

The police chief investigating the mass shooting was confronted by an angry local on why his force had given back Davison’s pump-action shotgun after taking it away.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer was challenged by 78-year-old former MoD armed security guard Stewart Parfitt who asked why the firearm was returned last month.

Davison’s shooting spree left five people dead – as well as himself – and was Britain’s first ‘incel’ mass shooting, named after a violent online subculture of ‘involuntary celibates’, who have an inability to find a sexual partner.

In other developments:

  • Friends claimed Davison’s mother had begged the NHS and police to give him urgent mental health treatment during lockdown, but failed to get the help he needed; 
  • Neighbours also said his father Mark had previously told the police his son’s gun should be taken away from him;
  • The police watchdog is also investigating what information Devon and Cornwall Police had about Davison’s mental health, and if it was considered
  • Boris Johnson said the issue of how the killer came to legally own a gun should be ‘properly investigated’ as he described the mass shooting in Plymouth on Thursday night as an ‘absolutely appalling’ incident 
  • Plymouth residents held a candlelit vigil for the five victims killed in the shooting spree on Thursday; 
Adopted Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, (pictured) were shot by Jake Davison at random. Lee's wife Becky is pictured right. Witnesses have told how Lee died while trying to shield his daughter from the gunman

Adopted Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, (pictured) were shot by Jake Davison at random. Lee's wife Becky is pictured right. Witnesses have told how Lee died while trying to shield his daughter from the gunman

Adopted Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, (pictured) were shot by Jake Davison at random.

Lee’s wife Becky is pictured right. Witnesses have told how Lee died while trying to shield his daughter from the gunman

Sophie and Lee were rushed to nearby Derriford hospital, where Lee's wife Becky works, but both passed away despite the medics' best efforts. Sophie was pushing a toy pram when the gunman struck

Sophie and Lee were rushed to nearby Derriford hospital, where Lee's wife Becky works, but both passed away despite the medics' best efforts. Sophie was pushing a toy pram when the gunman struck

Sophie and Lee were rushed to nearby Derriford hospital, where Lee’s wife Becky works, but both passed away despite the medics’ best efforts.

Sophie was pushing a toy pram when the gunman struck 

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison's final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison's final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison’s final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

Jake Davison then moved on towards a nearby wooded area where he shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59, (above)

Jake Davison then moved on towards a nearby wooded area where he shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59, (above)

Jake Davison then moved on towards a nearby wooded area where he shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59, (above)

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, visiting the tributes in Plymouth today

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, visiting the tributes in Plymouth today

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, visiting the tributes in Plymouth today

Plymouth residents last night came together for a candlelight vigil at North Down Crescent Park after the local community was rocked by the shooting spree

Plymouth residents last night came together for a candlelight vigil at North Down Crescent Park after the local community was rocked by the shooting spree

Plymouth residents last night came together for a candlelight vigil at North Down Crescent Park after the local community was rocked by the shooting spree

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