Davison, a crane operator, began shooting around 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. GMT) on Thursday, first killing a woman he knew at a house on Biddick Drive in Plymouth, southern England, police said.
He ran out of the house and immediately shot dead a very young girl who was walking her dog in the street with her male relative.
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Davison shot at two other bystanders who were seriously injured, then entered a park and shot another man before killing another woman in Henderson Place.
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He then turned the gun on him before the gun officers could attack him. The deadly shooting ended in just minutes, Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Shaun Sawyer said.
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“There is no motive,” Sawyer told reporters, adding that the police were not considering terrorism or any far-right associations, although the police were browsing his computer.
“We believe we have a country-related incident which has spilled over into the streets and has seen several people in Plymouth lose their lives in extraordinarily tragic circumstances,” Sawyer said.
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Sawyer said witnesses described the weapon as a shotgun. He couldn’t tell whether Davison had mental health issues or not. Davison had a firearms license.
In videos posted on the internet, Davison had complained that he had not lost his virginity as a teenager and described himself as an “incel” – or unintentionally bachelor. He complained in videos of being beaten by life, The Times reported.
The UK has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world. It was the first mass shooting in the country in 11 years.
Shootings are relatively rare in the UK, where gun ownership is not widespread.
(Reporting by Sarah Young Writing by Guy Faulconbridge Editing by Kate Holton and Mark Potter)