The Plymouth killer, who murdered five people in a shooting this week, attended an anger management course in order to get his gun back, according to reports.
Jake Davison, 22, killed five people including a three-year-old girl, on Thursday (August 12) during a mass shooting before turning the gun on himself.
Davison legally owned the gun used to kill his victims but had recently attended an anger management course to get his licence back, according to The Mirror.
His firearms licence had been suspended in December but it was given back to him last month.
It is believed that in 2020 Davison “had a row with two youths and was reported to police”. However, because he had no previous offences he was allowed to attend an anger management course and was granted his licence back after completing the sessions.
It is believed he used a pump-action shotgun during his rampage. he had held a licence for the weapon since 2018.
Jake Davison, 22, killed five people after going on rampage
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched a formal investigation of the handling of his gun licence by the police.
Police have now confirmed the identities of the victims of the attack.
In a statement, the police said: 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.
“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.”
Davison, an apprentice at a security firm, expressed sympathy for the misogynistic “incel” movement and an interest in mass shootings before his killing spree.
US authorities have warned attacks linked to incels are on the rise and could be a serious terrorism threat.
However, the force has said that there was “no [known] motive” at present.