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The gunman who went on a shooting spree in Plymouth killed a "very young girl", police have confirmed.

Jake Davison, 22, went “berserk” in the Keyham area of the city, storming a property and killing a woman known to him on Biddick Drive around 6pm on Thursday, August 12.

He then went outside and killed the child and a male relative of hers, Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said.

Davison, who had a firearms licence, shot another man and a woman as he moved down the street, who are now being treated in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Henderson Place, he attacked another woman who was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The weapon was described as a “pump-action shotgun”, and a firearm was recovered from the scene.

Sawyer believes it may have been a "domestic incident that spilled into the street", and has not yet cited terrorism as a motive.

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

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

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

Sawyer confirmed police would look at Davison's social media output as part of the investigation.

He said: "This is an extraordinarily unusual response by a fellow human being.

"Whether there were mental health issues I cannot say at this time."

Eyewitness Sharron Turner, 57, earlier told The Times he was dressed in black and grey and armed with a semi-automatic weapon.

She said: "We heard a number of loud bangs which I said sounded like gunshots.

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"Then he ran into the park and there were further shots. I heard someone say he had shot his brother."

Robert Pinkerton, 54, heard a loud bang before bumping into the gunman.

He told Plymouth Live he turned a corner and saw Davison, “swerving” our of the way after he saw the gun.

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

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."

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