Plymouth shooting: Prayers in city as Keyham mourns for victims of shooting attack

Prayers have been said at a church in Keyham as Plymouth mourns the five people shot dead on Thursday

<p>Parish Priest David Way urged against a ‘cycle of anger’ during a service at St Thomas Church in Plymouth while police investigations at Biddick Drive continue (PA)</p>

Parish Priest David Way urged against a ‘cycle of anger’ during a service at St Thomas Church in Plymouth while police investigations at Biddick Drive continue (PA)

Prayers have been said for the five victims of the Plymouth shooting as the community comes together in mourning.

A church in Keyham, close to the scene, used a Sunday service to remember those killed on 12 August, while a special prayer was written by the Bishop of Exeter.

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What’s been said

“Those people who have died, we have to keep those in our prayers, but also the loved ones which have been left behind.

“I’m hoping we can break any cycle of anger, as it were, and bring a cycle of love for everybody involved.”

Father David Way, parish priest at St Thomas’ Church in Keyham, told the PA news agency after the service

“I think people’s emotions have changed from shock and disbelief into now feeling that profound loss of the five people who were killed.

“But also a sense of anger. Wanting to know the questions as to how was this allowed to happen, why did this happen, and were there opportunities to stop this happening that were not taken?

“We need to get to the answers of those and that will take some time, and police need to be able to have the space to do it. But we need to make sure the community gets those proper answers because they deserve them.”

Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport


The police watchdog has launched an investigation, following a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police, which contains preliminary information that Davison’s firearm and licence were returned to him in early July this year.

The certificate and shotgun had been removed by police in December 2020 following an allegation of assault in September 2020, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said.

However, Davison’s firearms licence was returned after he attended an anger management course, according to reports.

Davison shot his 51-year-old mother, Maxine Chapman, at a house in Biddick Drive before he went into the street and shot dead Sophie, aged three, and her father Mr Martyn, aged 43.

In the 12-minute attack witnessed by horrified onlookers, Davison then killed Mr Washington, 59, in a nearby park before shooting 66-year-old Ms Shepherd, who later died at Derriford Hospital.

Davison also shot two local residents who are known to each other, a 33-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, in Biddick Drive, who suffered significant injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.