Locals have placed candles, teddy bears and flowers in tribute to the five victims (Picture: Getty Images/AFP/SWNS)
Devastated locals continue to pay their respects to victims of the mass shooting in Plymouth, as a large police cordon remains at the scene.
More than 70 bouquets have been left outside a Lidl supermarket close to where the shootings happened on Thursday in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Keyham.
Green heart-shaped balloons bearing the names of the five victims – Maxine Davison, Lee Martyn, Sophie Martyn, Kate Shepherd and Stephen Washington – have been tied to a nearby railing.
More floral tributes have been left by mourners in nearby North Down Crescent Park, where hundreds attended a candle-lit vigil in honour of the victims yesterday evening.
One woman, who gave her name only as Terri, brought her two grandchildren as she paid her respects at the park today.
She told reporters she had known Maxine ‘for years’ and that she was ‘lovely’, adding: ‘I didn’t even realise it was her until yesterday when I saw her photo.’
She said she had brought her two grandchildren to pay tribute in particular to three-year-old Sophie, placing a pink candle and teddy bear next to the floral tributes.
Jake Davison, 22, went on a rampage in the Keyham area of Plymouth with a shotgun on Thursday evening (Picture: PA)
Lee Martyn, 43, and his adopted three-year-old daughter Sophie were among the dead (Picture: Facebook)
Keyham has been described as ‘a very close community’ where ‘everybody knows everybody’ (Picture: PA)
Home Secretary Priti Patel, joined by Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, paid her respects to the victims by placing a large bouquet of white flowers at the park at midday on Saturday.
The Home Secretary said the incident was ‘tragic beyond words’ as she spoke to members of the local neighbourhood watch team, including Kev Sproston, who told her that the mass shooting was ‘our September 11’.
After the discussion, Kev said: ‘How I define that is the fact that every single kid, every single adult, knows exactly where they were, similar to 9/11.
‘To the point that I speak to people, and they will tell me exactly where their brother was, where their sister was, where their mother was.
‘That’s the impact that it’s had on people, it’s going to be something that is in their own minds and thoughts for a long period of time.’
Families lay flowers at Royal Navy Avenue as the neighbourhood comes to terms with what has happened (Picture: Getty Images)
Home Secretary Priti Patel and Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer lay floral tributes at the scene (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Last night a candlelit vigil was held in North Down Crescent Park for the victims (Picture: PA)
Jake Davison, 22, shot dead his own mother Maxine as he launched his rampage
Plymouth pub The Anchorage held a two-minute silence at 3pm ahead of Everton’s Premier League match ‘as a mark of respect’ to 43-year-old Lee and his daughter Sophie.
Police are continuing to investigate within a large cordon in Keyham after the shooting spree by gunman Jake Davison, 22, on Thursday.
Officers from Wiltshire Police, West Mercia Police and Avon and Somerset Police are assisting on mutual aid, an officer at the scene said.
A Keyham resident who lives near the scene of the shooting said she initially thought the gunshots were fireworks.
Local supermarket worker Melanie Fletcher, 52, said: ‘My back garden backs onto the field, so I saw the four helicopters land, and then a fifth one hovering.
Balloons with all five victims’ names were left as a mark of respect (Picture: SWNS)
Stephen Washington, 59, was shot dead as he was walking his dogs (Picture: Facebook)
A police cordon is expected to remain in place for some time as officers piece together what happened (Picture: Getty Images)
Kate Shepherd, aged 66, was killed before Davison turned his gun on himself (Picture: Facebook)
‘We heard the shots but me and my husband are from London and it’s so quiet here that first of all we thought it was a car backfiring.
‘After the third, fourth shot, my husband thought maybe it was fireworks, you know. But as we were cleaning our car, armed police came by and said go in and shut your door.
‘It’s very quiet around here – we’ve only been here 18 months and from what I can gather, it’s a very close community, and everybody knows everybody. So, it was quite shocking.’
On people laying flowers in the local park, she added: ‘It just touches your heart, you know, sort of faith in humanity. But it’s still shocking.’
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