The Plymouth killer who shot five dead people including a three-year-old girl attended an anger management course to get his gun licence back, reports claim.
Jake Davison, 22, expressed sympathy for the misogynistic “incel” movement and an interest in mass shootings before his deadly rampage.
It’s claimed his own mum – who was the first victim of his massacre – had tried to get him treatment for his mental health issues.
Davison legally owned the gun he used to slaughter his victims on Thursday before turning the weapon on himself.
Police had suspended his firearms licence, which he had held since 2018, in December last year over his suitability to hold a weapon, but gave him it back last month.
The Guardian now reports Davison had to attend an anger management course to get his licence back, and months ago was classed by police as being fit again to possess the three-shot shotgun, despite earlier concerns.
It is believed in 2020 he “had a row with two youths and was reported to police, but he had no previous offences and agreed to attend the course.”
The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), will formally investigate the handling of his gun licence by police.
In a statement, police confirmed the identities of the dead.
It read: “Devon and 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.”
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A large crowd attended a vigil after the shootings where people laid flowers and held candles in North Down Crescent Park, Keyham to remember those killed by Davison.
The killer is said to have shared his hate-filled views on Reddit forums used by incels, men who resent those who are sexually active, particularly women.
Authorities in the US have warned attacks linked to incels are on the rise and could provide a more serious terrorism threat.
Jonathan Hall QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, told the Guardian: “Incel(dom) definitely can be an ideology for the purposes of terrorism.
“It always depends on the evidence, but if you kill people in a symbolic way because you hate what they represent within your ideology, it’s not a big stretch to conclude that killing them is in pursuance of an ideological cause.”
Counter-terrorism policing, the publication said, declined to comment and referred inquiries to Devon and Cornwall Police.
The force said it was keeping an open mind and there was “no [known] motive” at present.
The killer was an apprentice at a defence and security company and turned the gun on himself after killing five people in 12 minutes soon after 6pm on Thursday.
He is believed to have used a pump-action shotgun during his rampage for which he had a firearms licence for three years for sports use.