Plymouth shooting victim killed ‘trying to protect daughter, 3, during massacre’

Plymouth shooting victim Lee Martyn died trying to shield his three-year-old daughter during the gunman's rampage, a witness has said.

Lee, 43, and his daughter Sophie were among the five victims of Jake Davison's vicious attack in Keyham, Plymouth last week.

Witnesses say Lee tried to save his daughter by putting his arm around her as Davison fired shots through the street, The Mirror reports.

A witness said: “Lee did everything he could to protect Sophie."

He had been walking home with his adopted daughter Sophie when Davison fired fatal shots at them, having just killed his own mother, Maxine Davison.

The 51-year-old, who was also known as Maxine Chapman, was shot dead inside an address on Biddick Drive in Keyham.

Stephen Washington, 59, was walking his dog in nearby parkland when he was gunned down.

In a post his son, Simon, paid tribute and said: "After tonight's events we lost our dad.

"My mam lost her world. My kids and brother's and sister's kids lost their granddad. Each and every one of us will miss him deeply, RIP dad, you will be missed, love you."

Kate Shepherd, 66, was Davison's last victim before he turned the gun on himself.

Kate, 66, was shot on Henderson Place and died from her injuries after she was rushed to Derriford Hospital .

Terry Billing, 75, said: "She was a lovely woman and perfect neighbour. She'd always say hello.

"She and her husband John were retired. What happened to Kate and all those poor other victims is atrocious."

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Witnesses reported Davison used a 'pump action shotgun', although this has not been confirmed.

Davison’s YouTube videos, which have since been removed, showed him speaking about being "beaten down".

He said he was socially isolated, struggled to meet women and made references to "incels" – misogynistic online groups of ‘involuntary celibate’ men who blame women for their sexual inadequacies.

At the end of his 11-minute video, Davison said: "I know it's a movie but I like to think sometimes I'm the Terminator or something.

"Despite reaching almost total system failure he keeps trying to accomplish his mission."

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