British rifleman had gun, license returned to him final month | World information

LONDON (AP) – The UK Police Station says they have opened an investigation into why a 22-year-old man who fatally shot five people on Thursday in south-west England had his confiscated gun and gun license returned last month.

Police said Jake Davison killed his mother and four other people, including a three-year-old girl, before committing suicide in the port city of Plymouth. It was Britain’s first mass shooting in over a decade. Firearms crimes are rare in the UK, which has strict gun control laws and regulations.

The Independent Police Conduct Bureau said late Friday it would be investigating the Devon and Cornwall Police’s decision-making regarding Davison’s shotgun possession and license. The watchdog said it was not yet known if the shotgun returned to Davison was the same one he had used in Thursday’s shootings.

Police took away the gun and certificate in December 2020 after allegations of assault three months earlier, the guard dog office said. You were brought back to Davison last month.

“We will investigate what police action was taken and when, the reasons for the police decision-making, and whether relevant laws, policies and procedures were followed in relation to Mr Davison’s possession of a shotgun,” said the bureau’s regional director David Ford in a statement.

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“The investigation will also assess whether the police had information about Mr. Davison’s mental health and, if so, whether that information was adequately considered,” said Ford.

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil on Friday in Plymouth, near where the murders took place.

Police said Friday the motive for the shootings was unclear, but there was no immediate evidence that it was an act of terrorism or that Davison had ties to extremist groups.

They said Davison shot his 51-year-old mother Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, in a house before going on the streets killing 3-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn, 43.

According to police, Davison next killed Stephen Washington, 59, in a nearby park before fatally shooting Kate Shepherd, 66, on a nearby street.

Two other people were injured.

Shaun Sawyer, chief constable of the Devon and Cornwall Police Department, told reporters that investigators believe the crimes began as “domestic” and “got onto the streets”.

“Let’s see what’s on his hard drive, let’s see what’s on his computer, let’s see what’s on social media,” Sawyer said.

Davison appeared to be posting on YouTube under the name Professor Waffle. The account has been removed and replaced with a notice stating that it violates the site’s community guidelines. In a final 11-minute clip posted before the murders, “Professor Waffle” talks about how he was “struck down and defeated by life.”

He talks about the difficulty of staying motivated to lose weight and exercising, and working as a scaffolder between the ages of 17 and 18. He implied that he lacked a love life, referring to “people who are incels” – abbreviation for “involuntarily celibate”.

The “incel” movement justifies violence against women as revenge for men who are rejected as sexual partners. The online subculture has been linked to deadly attacks in California, Toronto, and Florida.

Davison said that while he wouldn’t refer to himself as “incel”, they are “people who are like me, but they only had themselves and then they had a hard time socially.”

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