A man suspected of killing five people before turning the gun on himself in a mass shooting in England last Thursday night was an incel Trump supporter.
The suspected shooter, named by police as Jake Davison, was a 22-year-old reported to have worked in construction. In a six-minute rampage, Davison killed his mom, Maxine Davison, a 3-year-old girl named Sophie Martyn, her father, Lee Martyn, as well as two bystanders, Stephen Washington and Kate Shepherd.
A family friend wrote on Facebook that Davison urgently needed mental health treatment but wasn’t able to get help in time,
“The NHS basically said they are short staffed and that was it. The family even asked the police to come out to see him… they didn’t do a welfare check. And now six people are dead.”
Before the shooting, Davison expressed his admiration for Trump on Facebook and posted multiple YouTube videos in which he identified himself as part of the incel community. On his Facebook page, Davison claimed to be from Arizona, but his distinctive accent is typical of people from the southwest of England.
In one post from 2018, Davison shared a Trump quote and, when his friends ridiculed him in the comments, the suspect hit back:
“You may not agree with his political views (I do) but he is different from the scum like Hillary or the people running our country like the neo-con sellout that is [then-British Prime Minister] Theresa May.”
Elsewhere in the comments, Davison wrote about conspiracy theories that sound similar to those pushed by QAnon believers. He wrote,
“Scepticism of government is key and everyone should be ready and prepared for anything bad that could happen. I am aware much of the government is deeply flawed there are many paedophiles and even reported devil worshipers people that sell us out to foreign countries.”
Davison’s Facebook likes suggest he was obsessed with conservative U.S. politics. He followed the pages of Trump, all of his children, and several Trump businesses, as well as pages for the NRA, Fox News, Breitbart, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and one called
“Ted Nugent for President.”
In one comment, he said it was his dream to move to the States.
In one video, he justifies sexual assault by saying women ignore
“average men and below average.
When you’ve worked so fucking hard… and you see other fuckers that work nowhere near as hard as you, then you wake up and look at the wall and think ‘Nothing’s changed,’
I’m still in the same position, same period in life, still a fucking this, that, virgin, fat, ugly, whatever you want to call it. What’s changed? Nothing.”
At the end of his final video posted before the shooting, Davison compares himself to The Terminator, telling viewers:
“I know it’s a movie, but I like to think sometimes that I’m The Terminator. Despite reaching almost total system failure, he keeps trying to accomplish his mission.”
A spokesperson for YouTube confirmed that Davison’s channel was removed from its site Friday morning and said in a statement:
“Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible incident. We have strict policies to ensure our platform is not used to incite violence.”
(Photos YouTube; via The Daily Beast)